Introducing the Qur'an : For Today's Reader

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-01
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub

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Award-winning professor John Kaltner's new work offers a general introduction and orientation to the Qur'an. It surveys the origin, structure, contents, study, and use of Islam's sacred text. Offering selective rather than comprehensive coverage, the work allows for discussion and analysis of specific themes and issues of interest to modern readers.

Author Biography

John Kaltner is Virginia Ballou McGehee Professor of Muslim-Christian Relations at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know (2003) and coauthor of What Do Our Neighbors Believe? Questions and Answers on Judaism, Christianity and Islam (2007).

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Galleryp. x
Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Describing the Qur'anp. 3
Studying the Qur'anp. 16
Experiencing the Qur'anp. 29
Key Termsp. 41
Further Readingp. 41
The Natural Environmentp. 42
A Parablep. 43
A Theocentric Frameworkp. 45
The Work of Creationp. 48
The Works of Creationp. 49
Nature as Muslimp. 66
Angels and Jinnp. 66
Humanity's Place in Creationp. 70
Key Termsp. 73
Questions for Discussionp. 74
Further Readingp. 74
Family Mattersp. 75
Kinshipp. 75
Lovep. 77
Family Tiesp. 80
Marriagep. 89
Divorcep. 92
Inheritancep. 95
The Family of the Prophet Muhammadp. 97
Key Termsp. 101
Questions for Discussionp. 101
Further Readingp. 102
Gender and Sexualityp. 103
Terminologyp. 104
Feminist Readings of the Qur'anp. 106
The Egalitarian Corep. 108
Problematic Passagesp. 113
The Veilp. 122
Menstruationp. 125
Sexual Activityp. 127
Key Termsp. 134
Questions for Discussionp. 134
Further Readingp. 135
Muslim/Non-Muslim Relationsp. 136
The Language of Religionp. 137
Religious Groupsp. 139
Pluralismp. 155
Key Termsp. 163
Questions for Discussionp. 163
Further Readingp. 163
Jihadp. 165
A Complex Termp. 166
Jihad in the Qur'anp. 166
The Two Forms of Jihadp. 174
Usama bin Ladin's Jihad and Use of the Qur'anp. 181
Key Termsp. 185
Questions for Discussionp. 185
Further Readingp. 186
Violence and Warp. 187
The Language of Violencep. 188
Types of Violence in the Qur'anp. 189
A Range of Responsesp. 195
Explaining the Violencep. 198
Key Termsp. 214
Questions for Discussionp. 214
Further Readingp. 214
Death and the Afterlifep. 215
Reward and Punishmentp. 216
Repentancep. 219
Deathp. 220
Eschatologyp. 225
Hellp. 228
Heavenp. 235
Key Termsp. 243
Questions for Discussionp. 243
Further Readingp. 243
Glossaryp. 245
Indexp. 249
Photo Creditsp. 252
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