The Qur'an: The Basics (Paperback) book cover

The Qur'an: The Basics

By Massimo Campanini

Translated by Oliver Leaman

© 2007 – Routledge

168 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415411639
pub: 2007-02-20
Hardback: 9780415411622
pub: 2007-02-20

e–Inspection Copy

About the Book

This highly topical introduction to the holy book of Islam includes essential reference resources such as a chronology of the revelation, weblinks and extensive guides to further reading.

Exploring the Qur'an's reception through history, its key teachings and its place in contemporary thought and belief, the book 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
  • Islamic commentaries on Qur’anic teachings through the ages.

The Qur'an: The Basics is a concise and easy-to-read introduction to the text that provides the foundations of Muslim faith, right-living and daily worship.

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. Appendix 1: Glossary of Essential Terms. Appendix 2: Concise Traditional Chronology of the Revelation. Appendix 3: Websites on the Qur'an

About the Author

Massimo Campanini is Professor of History of the Arab Countries at the Oriental University in Naples.

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.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

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