1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to the Qur'an

Edited By George Archer, Maria M. Dakake, Daniel A. Madigan Copyright 2022
    528 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    528 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to the Qur’an offers an impressive and comprehensive overview of the formative scripture of Islam. Including a wide number of scholarly approaches to the Qur’an by both established authorities and emergent voices, the 40 chapters in this volume represent the latest word on the academic understanding of the Muslim scripture.

    The Qur’an is spoken of in scholarship across disciplines; it is the beating heart of a living community of believers; it is a work of beauty and a basis for art and culture; it is a profoundly significant historical artifact; and it is a mysterious survivor from the Late Ancient Arabic-speaking world. This Handbook accompanies the reader into the many worlds that the Qur’an lives in, from its ancient settings, to its internal drama, and through the 1,400 years of discussion and debate about its meaning.

    Bringing diverse approaches to the Qur’an together in one volume The Routledge Companion to the Qur’an represents the vibrancy of the field of Qur’anic Studies today. This Handbook is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies and Islamic studies. It will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as area studies, sociology, anthropology, and history.

    Editors’ Introduction: The Qur’an’s Three Worlds

    Daniel Madigan, Maria Dakake, and George Archer

    Part I: The World Before the Qur’an

    1. Late Antiquity and the Religious Milieu of the Qur’an’s Origins

    Sidney Griffith

    2. Arabia: Ripe for a New Prophet

    Gordon Newby

    3. Mecca and Medina: The Sacred History and Geography of the Qur’an

    Maria Dakake

    Part II: The World of the Qurʾan

    4. God: The Many-Named One of the Qur’an

    Tim Winter

    5. Humanity in Covenant with God

    Joseph Lumbard

    6. Qur’an and Eschatology

    Mohammed Rustom

    7. Abraham and his Family

    Halla Attallah and George Archer

    8. Biblical Prophets: Moses, Joseph, Jonah, and Job

    Roberto Tottoli, translated by Jason Welle

    9. John, Jesus, and Mary in the Qur’an

    George Archer

    10. Muhammad in the Qur’an

    Joseph Lumbard

    11. The Praiseworthy (and the Reprehensible)

    Feryal Salem

    12. The People of Scripture (Ahl al-Kitāb)

    Michael Pregill

    13. Qur’anic Creation: Anthropocentric Readings and Eco-centric Possibilities

    Sarra Tlili

    14. Jinn in the Qur’an

    Ali A. Olomi

    15. Style in the Qur’an

    Devin J. Stewart

    16. Structure and Organization of the Qur’an

    Nevin Reda

    17. Qur’anic Kerygma: Epic, Apocalypse, and Typological Figuration

    Todd Lawson

    18. Metaphor, Symbol, and Parable in the Qur’an

    Caner Dagli

    19. The Relationship Between the Oral and the Written

    Lauren Osborne

    Part III: The World in Front of the Qur’an

    20. Asbāb al-Nazūl: The (Good) Occasions of Revelation

    Ahmed Ragab

    21. The Early Commentators of the Qur’an

    Stephen Burge

    22. Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī Seen Through His Great Commentary on the Qur’an

    Michel Lagarde

    23. Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr: A Window onto Medieval Islam and a Guide to the Development of Modern Islamic Orthodoxy

    Younus Y. Mirza

    24. The Formative Development of Shiʿi Qur’anic Exegesis

    Maria Dakake

    25. Methodological Observations in al-ʿAllāma al-Ṭabāṭabāʾī’s Qur’an Commentary: Al-Mīzān

    Abdulaziz Sachedina

    26. The Qur’an in the Thought of Ibn ʿArabī

    William Chittick

    27. Sufi Readings of the Qur’an

    Lahouari Ramzi Taleb

    28. Shi’i Ismaili Approaches to the Qur’an: From Revelation to Exegesis

    Khalil Andani

    29. Women’s Contemporary Readings of the Qur’an

    Hadia Mubarak

    30. War and Peace in the Qur’an

    Rumee Ahmed

    31. Muhammad ʿAbduh and Sayyid Qutb

    Massimo Campanini

    32. Readings of the Qur’an from Outside the Tradition

    Emran El-Badawi

    33. Translations

    Johanna Pink

    34. The Qur’an and Material Culture

    Travis Zadeh

    35. The Qur’an and the Internet

    Gary R. Bunt

    36. The Qur’an in Contemporary Mass and Popular Culture

    N. A. Mansour

    37. The Qur’an and Kalām

    David Thomas

    38. The Impact of the Qur’an on Islamic Philosophy

    Gholamreza Aavani

    39. Political Theology and the Qur’an

    Paul L. Heck

    40. The Qur’an, Science, and Medicine

    Elaine van Dalen


    George Archer is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

    Maria M. Dakake is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

    Daniel A. Madigan is Associate Professor and Jeanette W. and Otto J. Ruesch Family Distinguished Jesuit Scholar at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.