Approaching the Qurʼan: The Early Revelations

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Michael Anthony Sells
White Cloud Press, 1999 - Religion - 219 pages
Approaching the Qur'an is a major event in religious publishing. Professor Michael Sells has captured the complexity, power, and poetry of the early suras of the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of Islam. Approaching the Qur'an presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic chapters, or suras, associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. Most of these early revelations appear at the end of the written text and are commonly reached only by the most resolute reader of existing English translations. These suras contain some of the most powerful prophetic and revelatory passages in religious history. They offer the vision of a meaningful and just life that anchors the religion of one-fifth of the world's inhabitants. Approaching the Qur'an is enriched by the inclusion of a compact disc recording of Quranic reciters chanting several of the early suras, allowing readers an opportunity to hear the Qur'an in its original form. The book includes Sells' 'Introduction to the Qur'an', commentaries of the suras, a glossary of technical terms, and chapters discussing the sound nature and gender aspects of the Arabic text.

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User Review  - DavenportsDream - LibraryThing

A book i had to pick up for a class in undergrad. The book was a real eye opener and a great selection for anyone in "The West" trying to get an introduction to the Qur'an that would like a bit of an ... Read full review

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A wonderfully insightful look at the major themes and aesthetic characteristics the Quran. I didn't think it was possible to verbalize the aural majesty of the Quran for Arabic speakers, but Sells somehow pulls it off. A real gem. Read full review


Approaching the Quran
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