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The Qur'an

The Basics, 2nd Edition

By Massimo Campanini


154 pages

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This second edition of a popular introduction to the Qur’an includes an essential updated reference guide, including a chronology of the revelation, links to internet resources, and suggestions for further reading. Exploring the Qur'an's reception through history, its key teachings, and its place in contemporary thought and belief, this volume analyzes: the Qur'an as the word of God; its reception and communication by the Prophet Muhammad; the structure and language of the text; conceptions of God, the holy law, and jihad; and Islamic commentaries on Qur’anic teachings through the ages. The Qur'an: The Basics, Second Edition is a concise and accessible introduction.


"With an emphasis on clarity and concision, Campanini has produced an accessibly informative introduction to the Qur’an."

Mustafa Shah, University of London, UK

Table of Contents

1. Islam and the Qur'an

2. Structure and composition

3. God, humanity and faith

4. The Qur'an and the Qur’anic sciences

5. Contemporary approaches to the Qur'an



About the Author

Massimo Campanini is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Trento, Italy.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General