The Qur'An: An Introduction

The Qur'An: An Introduction

The Qur'An: An Introduction

The Qur'An: An Introduction

Synopsis

This new work presents a concise and accessible introduction to the Qur'an . Muhammad Abu-Hamdiyyah first explores the concept of deity, including the Christian and Jewish understanding of God, and second discusses the Qur'anic message from the perspective of modern knowledge. This is an ideal textbook for students with no prior knowledge of the complexities of the Qur'an 's message.

Excerpt

The seeds of this study were sown more than thirty years ago when I gave a seminar about the methodology of the Qur'an to the faculty at the University of Petroleum and Minerals at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In 1991 I decided to enlarge the scope of my interest to cover the development and evolution of the Semitic Scriptures which originated in the Arabian Peninsula and its fertile peripheries. This necessitated not only the study of the Scriptures but also the background materials that originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region, the so-called Ancient Near East. The author found excellent treatments dealing with matters relating to and leading up to the Bible, but never going beyond that to cover the treatment of the evolution of the concept of God in the three Semitic Scriptures-the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Qur'an-in a serious manner. The Qur'an, when studied, was treated separately without the proper comparative analysis emphasising the continuity of the development and evolution of the concept of God, nature of religion and revelation among the Semitic-speaking people of the Near East. Moreover, certain fundamental aspects of the Qur'an such as the nature of revelation or the stories of the previous prophets have not been satisfactorily treated before by either Muslim or non-Muslim authors.

This study aims to go some way towards remedying this situation by presenting the inspirations of Muhammad in the Qur'an as a continuation of the evolution of the concepts of God, religion and revelation that developed in the Near East. I believe the study contains significant contributions to the study of revelation in general and to that of the Qur'an in particular.

In preparing this study, I researched the major critical biblical studies written in the light of archaeological discoveries made since the nineteenth century and the recent studies on religion and

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