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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (11 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849041075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849041072
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr A M Q on 17 July 2011
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What a fantastic book by this author. I have to admit that I had to re-read some of the same line/paragraph to understand some of things that the author is trying to put across. great insight in to the qur'an and how it applies to us today. I'll be buying a few more boooks from this author to learn as much as i can about islam. definetly a book i recommend. bit on the expensive side..especially on amazon but i thought i'd give it a try as i read some good reviews about this particular book on other websites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashook Meah on 15 Sep 2013
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Written in a clear accessible style, this is an excellent introduction (and exposition) to the Quran and Islam generally.

The author's perspective is that although the Quran is the literal word of God as communicated through the Prophet Muhammad, this does not imply that it must be read and understood in a literal sense. The Quran is not a linear text like the Bible with a straight-forward narrative structure. The composition of the Sacred Text is replete with many verses that are allegorical and metaphorical in nature as well as containing those that are clearly parables. It also contains within it many passages that appear contradictory. Thus to gain an understanding of its meaning and intent, the Quran has to be interpreted through the process of reading.

This process of interpretation (tafsir) however is not a static one that is fixed for all times and places. The Quran is an eternal revelation whose message is applicable to believers of all periods and locations. For this statement to be valid, it must be understood and interpreted with reference to the social and cultural context of the reader. The latter must distinguish between that which is specific to the historical and cultural milieu of the Prophet from that which is of general relevance for all historical epochs. The Quran is thus a dynamic and ever malleable text whose meaning must be constructed or perhaps reinterpreted by every new generation of believers in relation to their specific social reality and the underlying issues and problems that arise therein.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric on 5 Sep 2011
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This book is a valuable resource for non-Muslim's who wish to study the Qur'an but who do not have Arabic. I found it easy reading and informative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mahmot1 on 22 July 2013
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Loved it, it was the first detailed study on the Quran which I finished in style without stopping. It was a must study which portrays the Quran in the existing era tackling all challenging issues like homosexuality, sex and the dreaded hijab. Read to understand what the Quran is all about in a very articulate way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margarita Millere on 5 Aug 2014
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Good book, has very interesting interpretation and connection to the modern world. Well-written. The only my concern is that the author does not speak Arabic, which means he was not able to use original Quran, but its translations.
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