Good for thought and study.,
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This review is from: How to Read the Qur'an (Paperback)
This is one of a series of "How to Read" books. The editor Simon Critchley says they will enable readers to make discoveries of their own and open doors to worlds of thought.
I would have benefitted from this book when I started reading the Qur'an about seven years ago. Now I find it very interesting and find myself going back to the Qur'an to confirm or argue about what Professor Siddique says. It is a very good introduction to studying the Qur'an rather than reading just for information.Of course Professor Siddique knows far more about Islam and the Qur'an than I do Some examples of what I would question are:-
- The Qur'an states it is man's last opportunity to turn to God. This is a Muslim belief I can not find in the Qur'an.
- The Qur'an tells us over 500 times that God is merciful and forgiving. She omits that in 45 out of 112 soras Muhammad is quoted as saying that God suddenly decided to kill people by natural disasters because they did not convert soon enough.
- Women can not be inherited. Sora 4 Aya 19 says they can be inherited.
- Female autonomy is not un-Islamic. The Qur'an calls for husbands to stop beating their wives once they are obedient.
John Rightson's short book "The Islamic Qur'an: for Humanity?" gives a clearer and simpler picture of what the Qur'an is and what is in it without the necessity of a lot of further study. If you want to learn about the Qur'an consider buying both.