The Qur'an

An Introduction

By Abdullah Saeed

© 2007 – Routledge

272 pages

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About the Book

There is much more to the Qur'an than the selective quotations favoured by Islamic fundamentalists. This book provides a student-friendly guide to the many ways in which the Qur'an can be read.

Designed for both Muslims and Western non-Muslim students, it examines the Qur'an in Western scholarship as well as giving an overview of the rich interpretive traditions from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day.

This guide is a concise introduction to all aspects of the Qur'an: history, understanding and interpretation, providing:

  • coverage of both pre-modern and modern periods
  • plenty of examples to illustrate key points and aid student understanding
  • summaries, timelines and a glossary.


'It is ideal as a text for serious academic work on the Qur'an. Summing up: Highly recommended.' - Choice

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1 1. The Qur’an in Context 2. The Prophet, Prophesy and Revelation 3. The Qur’an as a ‘Book’ Part 2 4. The Qur’an and other Scriptures 5. The Qur’an and Western Scholarship 6. Translations of the Qur’an Part 3 7. The Qur’an and Traditions of the Prophet 8. Principles of Understanding the Qur’an 9. Early Interpretation of the Qur’an 10. Approaches to Interpretation Today 11. Epilogue 12. Bibliography

About the Author

Abdullah Saeed is Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab & Islamic Studies and Director, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His previous works include Islamic Thought (2006) and Interpreting the Qur'an (2005) both published by Routledge.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Islam / General
RELIGION / Islam / History