This new work presents a concise and accessible introduction to the Qur'an. Muhammad Abu-Hamdiyyah first explores the concept of deity, including the Christian and Jewish understanding of God, and second discusses the Qur'anic message from the perspective of modern knowledge. This is an ideal textbook for students with no prior knowledge of the complexities of the Qur'an's message.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introductory Summary -- PART I -- Preliminary considerations and observations -- 1 The quest for understanding our world -- 2 Interpretation of the concepts 'religion' and 'revelation' -- PART II -- The Qur'an -- 3 An overall view of the Qur'an -- 4 A cross-section of the Qur'an -- 5 The overall plan of the Qur'an for mankind -- 6 Descriptive language of the Qur'an -- 7 God throws the rope and keeps the door open -- Appendix -- Notes -- Index.
Dr Abu-Hamdiyyah was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kuwait (1973—1990). He is now retired and doing full-time research on the exposition of the Quranic discourse and the evolution of religion in the Near East.