Qur'an and Its Interpreters, The, Volume 1, Volume 1

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SUNY Press - Religion - 290 pages
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The Qur’an and Its Interpreters introduces the Western reader to the Qur’an as Muslims have understood it.

The record of the Qur’an in the community as a force shaping the life of Muslims can be most clearly discerned through the vast literature of interpretation known as tafsir. This multivolume work is based on a large number of tafsir sources, representing all the major religious schools and stages of Muslim history for the last one thousand years. It will cover the entire Qur’an.

This first volume consists of an introduction to the science and sources of interpretation of the Qur’an and the first two surahs of the Qur’an. The treatment is comprehensive and thorough. While the work is based entirely on primary sources, this volume includes a substantial bibliography of works on the Qur’an in Western languages.

The Qur’an is the word of God as it was revealed to the prophet Muhammad, interiorized by the community, then shaped into an earthly book whose original archetype is with God. Dr. Ayoub concerns himself not with the history of the Qur’an, but with the way it was collected and fixed into an official codex, the recension of which has voiced the community’s prayers and devotions, set its legal norms and moral standards, and occupied its best minds for more than thirteen hundred years.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Surat alFatihah The Opening
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Verses 7480 119
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Verses 8185 123
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Verses 8687 124
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Verses 8893 125
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Verses 9498 126
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Verses 99102 128
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Verses 173182
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Verses 183187
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Verses 188195
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Verses 196203
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Verses 204209
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Verses 210212
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Verse 213
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Verses 214225
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Verses 103104 136
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Verses 105108 138
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Verses 109113 141
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Verses 114123 143
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Verses 124134 150
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Verses 136138 165
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Verses 139142 167
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Verses 143150 170
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Verses 151157 175
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Verses 159163 179
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Verses 164172 180
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Verses 226237
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Verses 238239
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Verses 240245
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Verses 246251
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Verses 252254
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Verses 255257
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Verses 258260
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Verses 261274
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Verses 275281
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Arabic Sources Consulted
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Bibliography of Major Works on the Quran in Western Languages
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Index
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About the author

Mahmoud M. Ayoub is research associate and associate professor, Center for Religious Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.

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