Synopses & Reviews
Major Themes of the Quran is Fazlur Rahmans introduction to one of the richest texts in the history of religious thought. In this classic work, Rahman unravels the Qurans complexities on themes such as God, society, revelation, and prophecy with the deep attachment of a Muslim educated in Islamic schools and the clarity of a scholar who taught for decades in the West.
“Generations of scholars have profited from [Rahmans] pioneering scholarly work by taking the questions he raised and the directions he outlined to new destinations.”--Ebrahim Moosa, from his new foreword
“The religious future of Islam and the future of interfaith relationship . . . will be livelier and saner for the sort of Quranic centrality which Major Themes of the Quran exemplifies and serves.”--Kenneth Cragg, Middle East Journal
“There shines through [a] rare combination of balanced scholarly judgment and profound personal commitment. . . . [Rahman is] eager to open up the mysteries of the Quran to a shrinking world sorely in need of both moral regeneration and better mutual understanding.”--Patrick D. Gaffney, Journal of Religion
“I cant think of any book more important, still, than Major Themes of the Quran.”--Michael Sells, author of Approaching the Quran
"Those who have been disappointed in what must seem the narrow defensiveness of so many Muslim writers attempting to present the Qur'an to outsiders will find Rahman refreshingly different. He is a mature thinker, at once well informed and basically realistic about the reigning myths of modern secularist society.He is also a clear writer capable of disarming simplicity and tightly reasoned, technically detailed argument."
"Here is a painstaking and positive effort to think through the Qur'an beyond the verse by verse, tediously grammatical, scrutiny which many have employed in past centuries. . . . The religious future of Islam and the future of interfaith relationship . . . will be livelier and saner of the sort of Quranic centrality which [this book] exemplifies and serves."
About the Author
Fazlur Rahman (1919-1988) was the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago. He also taught at Durham University, McGill University, and UCLA. At Chicago he was instrumental in building the Near Eastern Studies program.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Ebrahim Moosa
Man as Individua
Man in Society
Prophethood and Revelation
Satan and Evil
Emergence of the Muslim Community
The Religious Situation of the Muslim Community in Mecca
The People of the Book and Diversity of Religions