Synopses & Reviews
The Koran has constituted a remarkably resilient core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in that of traditional Islam. He gives vivid accounts of its role in Muslim civilization, illustrates the diversity of interpretations championed by traditional and modern commentators, discusses the processes by which the book took shape, and compares it to other scriptures and classics of the historic cultures of Eurasia.
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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
"Professor Cook's book is informative, witty, and rich with insight. The author firmly places the Koran within its broader context, lending his treatment depth and vigor."--Mohamed Mahmoud, Tufts University
Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in that of traditional Islam, comparing it to other scriptures and classics of the historic cultures of Eurasia. Halftones & line drawings.
Exploring the significance of the Koran both in the end-of-millennium world and in traditional Muslim culture, Michael Cook provides an account of the Koran as codex, as scripture, as liturgy, and as the embodiment of truth, and examines its means of formation and dissemination.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-151) and indexes.
About the Author
is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.