The Koran: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 15, 2000

byMichael Cook

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The Koran has constituted a remarkably strong core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. This Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture. Michael Cook provides alucid and direct account of the Koran as codex, as scripture, as liturgy, and as the embodiment of truth, and examines its means of formation and dissemination. He also discusses issues of interpretation for certain key verses, demonstrating that fecundity of the text for readers throughout theworld.

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It is a religion with a history of more than 15 centuries. In The Koran: A Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook examines the origins and importance of Islam. Cook looks at the role of this holy book in traditional Islam and in modern society. The study focusses on the conditions that allowed this religion to take shape, the Koran's ro...

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The Koran has constituted a remarkably strong core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. This Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture. Michael Cook provides alucid and direct account of the Koran as co...

Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Princeton. His publications include the Past Master on Muhammad.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.47 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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It is a religion with a history of more than 15 centuries. In The Koran: A Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook examines the origins and importance of Islam. Cook looks at the role of this holy book in traditional Islam and in modern society. The study focusses on the conditions that allowed this religion to take shape, the Koran's role in Muslim civilization and the diversity of interpretations.

 

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"In a beautifully written, concise, and insightful study... Michael Cook makes clear some of the mysteries of this holy book....Evocative and explanatory.... For anyone, at almost any level of knowledge, wanting to learn more about the Qur'an, this is a wonderful place to start."--First Things