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Reading the Qur'an: The Contemporary Relevance of the Sacred Text of Islam

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"I grew up reading the Qur'an on my mother's lap," writes Ziauddin Sardar. "It's an experience I share with most Muslim children. And so it is that our connection to the Qur'an is infused with associations of the warmest and most enduring of human bonds."

In Reading the Qur'an, Sardar--one of Europe's leading public intellectuals--laments that for far too many Muslims, the Qur'an he had learned in his mother's lap has become a stick used for ensuring conformity and suppressing dissenting views. Indeed, some find in the Qur'an justification for misogyny, validation for hatred of others, an obsession with dress and mindless ritual, rules for running modern states. Arguing passionately but reasonably against these trends, Sardar speaks out for a more open, less doctrinaire approach to reading the Qur'an. He contends that the Qur'an is not fixed in stone for all time, but a dynamic text which every generation must encounter anew, and whose relevance and implications for our time we have yet to fully discover. The words of the Qur'an imply movement: the religious life, it tells us, is not about standing still but always striving to make our life, our society, the entire world around us a better place for everyone. Sardar explores the Qur'an from a variety of perspectives, from traditional exegesis to hermeneutics, critical theory, and cultural analysis, drawing fresh and contemporary lessons from the Sacred Text. He also examines what the Qur'an says about such contemporary topics as power and politics, rights of women, suicide, domestic violence, sex, homosexuality, the veil, freedom of expression, and evolution.

Ziauddin Sardar opens a new window on this remarkable Sacred Text, in a book that will engage all devout Muslims and will interest anyone curious about the Qur'an and Islam today.

About the Author

Ziauddin Sardar, a writer, broadcaster and cultural critic, is visiting professor at City University, London. He has published more than 45 books, and made a number of documentaries for UK's BBC and Channel 4. He recently wrote a year-long blog on the Qur'an for The Guardian. Reading the Qur'an is adapted and expanded from those blogs.

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue

Part One: Overview

1. The Qur'an and Me

2. Style and Structure

3. Approach and Interpretations

4. Questions of Authority

5. The Limits of Translations

Part Two: By Way of Tradition

6. Introduction

7. Al-Fatiha: Attributes of God

8. Al-FAtiha: 'The Straight Path'

9. Al-Baqara: The Qur'an and Doubt

10. Al-Baqara: 'The Hypocrites'

11. Al-Baqara: Paradise

12. Al-Baqara: Fall and Evil

13. Al-Baqara: 'Children of Israel'

14. Al-Baqara: A 'Middle Community'

15. Al-Baqara: Virtuous People

16. Al-Baqara: Law of Equity

17. Al-Baqara: Fasting

18. Al-Baqara: War and Peace

19. Al-Baqara: Hajj

20. Al-Baqara: Apostasy and Migration

21. Al-Baqara: Marriage and Divorce

22. Al-Baqara: Qualities of Leadership

23. Al-Baqara: Majesty of God and Freedom of Religion

24. Al-Baqara: Arguing with God

25. Al-Baqara: Charity and Usury

26. Al-Baqara: Witness

27. Al-Baqara: Prayer

Part Three: Themes and Concepts

28. Introduction

29. Prophets and Revelation

30. Abrogation and Change

31. Time and History

21. Truth and Plurality

33. Humanity and Diversity

34. Individual and Community

35. Reason and Knowledge

36. Crime and Punishment

37. Rights and Duties

38. Nature and Environment

39. Ethics and Morality

40. Reading and Writing

Part Four: Contemporary Topics

41. Introduction

42. The Shariah

43. Power and Politics

44. Polygamy and Domestic Violence

45. Sex and Society

46. Homosexuality

47. The Veil

48. Freedom of Expression

49. Suicide (Assisted or Otherwise)

50. Science and Technology

51. Evolution

52. Art, Music and Imagination

Epilogue

Notes and References

Bibliography

Index

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Ann El-Moslimany, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Ann El-Moslimany)
I had recently discovered Ziauddin Sardar through a precious book I came across, Desperately Seeking Paradise, Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim. I liked it so much I preordered Reading the Qur'an. It was insightful and pithy, a look at what the Qur'an means or should mean to Muslims today. A great read. I return to it often.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780199836741
Author:
Sardar, Ziauddin
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Ziauddin
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology | Islam
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Islam
Subject:
Islam-Quran
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.5 x 9.3 x 1.3 in 1.544 lb

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