'Ziauddin Sardar is justly renowned for his forensic intelligence and capacious insight into myriad issues. He is at once a peace-maker and a bridge-builder. Reading the Qur'an projects the scriptural basis for his ceaseless activities as the leading public intellectual among British Muslims - This bold mandate compels Sardar to look at all the issues that concern Muslims and non-Muslims alike in contemporary Islam - not only sex and the Shari'ah, but also homosexuality, the veil, freedom of religion, and even suicide. If one could pick just one book to connect the Muslim past with its complex present and future potential, Reading the Qur'an would be that book.' --Professor Bruce Lawrence, Duke University
'This lucid, scholarly and exciting book could not be more timely; it takes the reader on a spiritual and intellectual journey that is essential for Muslim and non-Muslim alike and addresses some of the most pressing needs of our time.' --Karen Armstrong, author of, inter alia, A History of God and Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
About the Author
Ziauddin Sardar is a renowned writer, broadcaster and cultural critic. He is also a Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission; editor of Futures and a columnist for the New Statesman, as well as being Visiting Professor, School of Arts, the City University, London. He is the author of many books, the most recent being Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim; What Do Muslims Believe?; and Balti Britain: A Provocative Journey Through Asian Britain.