The secret gift of reading is time.
$49.90

Blackwell

The Story of the Quran

Ingrid Mattson

Paperback

9780470673492

 

The Qur'an's History and Place in Muslim Life

 

Since publication The Story of the Qur'an has received high praise for its sensitivity, deft scholarship, and carefully balanced portrayal of the study of the Qur'an and its place in historic and contemporary Muslim society. Acclaimed Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson now updates her authoritative and comprehensive introduction through the addition of expanded sections on the Qur'an in art and architecture, in the life cycle of Muslims, and in Islamic ethics and law. Through a close examination of the doctrines in the Qur'an, Mattson reveals their significance to individual Muslims and the societies in which they live.

 

Other key themes addressed include the Qur'an most important historical interpretations, significant figures who transmitted and taught the sacred scripture over the centuries, and the influence of the Qur'an on major aspects of Muslim society - including personal relationships, popular culture, political movements, science, and literature. Combining scholarly precision with an engaging style, The Story of the Qur'an, Second Edition, offers a fascinating and unique account of the history and current place of the Qur'an in Muslim life.

 

 

Contents

 

1 God Speaks to Humanity

God Hears and Responds

Defining the Qur'an

Ancient Origins of the Meccan Sanctuary

The Arabian Context

The Arabic Language

The Jahiliyya: A Time of Lawlessness and Immorality

The Early Life of Muhammad

Muhammad as the Messenger of God

 

2 The Prophet Conveys the Message

Historicizing the Qur'an

The Medium and the Message

God Is One

Moral Conduct and Its Ultimate Consequences

Servants of God

Persecution of Believers Past and Present

Establishing a Viable State and a Just Political Order

Building Community

A Door to Heaven Is Closed

 

3 The Voice and the Pen

A Sacred Pedigree

Recited and Written

The Prophet and the First Collection of the Qur'an

The Early Generations: Regional Schools of Recitation and the Elaboration of the Mushaf

Standardizing the Curriculum

Qur'anic Recitation and Ritual Life

Breaking the Tradition

The Value of Memorization

Transmission of the Qur'an in the Modern Age

Conclusion

 

4 Blessed Words: The Qur'an and Culture

The Qur'an as the Word of God

The Qur'an and Sacred Architecture

The Elevation of the Qur'an

Language, Naming, ad Common Expressions

Ritual Purity and Purifying Rituals

Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife

 

5 What God Really Means: Interpreting the Qur'an

Exegesis before Hermeneutics

The Epistemological Challenge

Intertextuality: The Isra'iliyyat

Occasions of Revelation

Understanding the Language of the Qur'an

Relating the Sunna to the Qur'an

Deriving Legal Norms from the Qur'an

Consensus and Diversity in Legal Reasoning

Modernity: Making the Words "Reasonable"

Some Contested Issues

Inheritance

Wife-beating

Conclusion

 

6 Conclusion: Listening for God