Opening the Qur'an: Introducing Islam's Holy Book by Walter H. Wagner

By Walter H. Wagner

starting the Qur'an could be a bewildering event to non-Muslim, English-speaking readers. those that anticipate historic narratives, tales, or essays on morals are puzzled when they go the gorgeous first Surah, usually stunned after which slowed down through Surah 2, or even indignant via Surah 3's strictures opposed to nonbelievers. Walter H. Wagner "opens" the Qur'an by way of supplying a finished and terribly readable, step by step advent to the textual content, making it obtainable to scholars, lecturers, clergy, and common readers drawn to Islam and Islam's holy publication. Wagner first locations the prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an, and the early Muslim group of their old, geographical, and theological contexts. This heritage is a foundation for analyzing the Qur'an and knowing its position in later Muslim advancements in addition to for relationships among Muslims, Jews, and Christians. He then appears to be like intimately at particular passages, relocating from adored devotional texts to more and more tough and provocative matters. the chosen bibliography serves as a source for extra studying and learn. Woven into the dialogue are references to Islamic ideals and practices. Wagner indicates nice sensitivity towards the dangers and possibilities for non-Muslims who try and interpret the Qur'an, and sympathy within the lengthy fight to construct bridges of mutual belief and sincere appreciation among Muslims and non-Muslims.

"A variety of observers, like Mahmood Mamdani, have mentioned that modern occasions have resulted in a ramification available in the market for translations of the Qur'an. This ebook will support and advisor readers of those Qur'an translations within the English language. This ebook will be utilized in introductory classes on Islam or complex classes focusing completely on Islam's holy e-book, the Qur'an . . . normal readers outdoor the academy can also locate it helpful in supporting them know the way to take advantage of and make feel of the Qur'an." --A. Rashied Omar, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for overseas Peace stories, collage of Notre Dame

"The Qur'an might be terra incognita for the non-Muslim reader. Walter Wagner's discovered booklet brings us to terra firma. With transparent, empathetic, religiously delicate but historical-critical remark, Opening the Qur'an makes feel of Islam's holy publication. Wagner is a unprecedented consultant: a dedicated Christian who has listened rigorously and sympathetically to Muslims, who comprehend the Quran as God's observe. Wagner conveys their religion with no compromising his personal. this can be greater than a piece of scholarship and pedagogy; it really is an act of appreciate from one nice culture to another." --Alan Mittleman, The Jewish Theological Seminary

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Nevertheless, the Qur'an remains the chief authority and interpreter by which all others are judged. Muhammad was given other revelatory words through Gabriel that are not included in the Qur'an. These sayings, authorized by God, were to be spoken by Muhammad when and where he thought appropriate. 29 18 APPROACHING THE QUR'AN THE QUR'AN AS Revelation is the Noble or Glorious Book (al-Qur'an al-Karim) of the most authoritative, complete, and never to be surpassed words of God revealed to the most authoritative and final MessengerProphet of God.

The present sketch considers the circumstances under which the Qur'an was revealed to Muhammad, its use during his lifetime, and brief mention of its collation into a book. Hadith references cited in chapter 6 indicate that Muhammad spoke many of the revelations in the presence of believers when he was in a distinct revelatory state that was preceded by painful ringing in his ears and included profuse perspiration and reverent posture. Others could not hear the angel speaking to him but were aware that he was listening to another presence.

7:8-17) 28 The promises to David and Abraham assured Jews in later times that they had a special, holy homeland no matter how scattered or how severely punished by God they were. God would still be with the chosen people, leading them not only in terms of the Torah but also toward the establishment of a homeland centered in Jerusalem that would be a refuge for Jews and a center from which God's justice would be seen by the nations. This assurance sustained them throughout their history, from Israel's division into two kingdoms (922 BCE), both being conquered (the northern kingdom in 722 BCE and the southern kingdom in 586 BCE), exile in Babylonia (590s—538 BCE); domination by the Persians (538—332 BCE); Greeks including Greco-Syrians (332—63 BCE), Romans (63 BCE—630s CE), and Muslims (630s—1919); to the League of Nations—United Nations mandates (1919-48) and the establishment of the state of Israel (1948).

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