The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life

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9781405122573: The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life

An essential introductory text for the study of the Qur’an, its content, and its place in Muslim society.


  • An insightful and authoritative introduction to the book at the heart of Muslim life, written by a well-known Islamic scholar
  • Examines the doctrines contained in the Qur’an, providing a comprehensive explanation of their significance to individual Muslims and the societies in which they live
  • Surveys the key themes of the Qur’an, its most significant historical interpretations, and some of the most significant figures who transmitted and taught the sacred scripture over the centuries
  • Considers the influence of the Qur’an on all major aspects of Muslim society, including personal relationships, popular culture, law, art and architecture, political movements, science, and literature
  • Helps the reader to understand the Qur’an, while throwing a much-needed light on what it means to be a Muslim.

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This wonderful introduction to the Qur’an offers an insightful and authoritative description of the book at the heart of Muslim life. Written by a well known Islamic expert, this book is a knowledgeable account of the doctrines contained in the Qur’an and provides a comprehensive explanation of their significance to individual Muslims and the societies in which they live.

Beginning with the life of Muhammad and his revelation, the book then moves on to survey the key themes of the Qur’an, the most significant historical interpretations, and some of the most important figures who transmitted and taught the sacred scripture over the centuries. The vital influence of the Qur’an on all major aspects of Muslim society, such as personal relationships, popular culture, law, art and architecture, political movements, science, and literature is also explored.

This book helps the reader to understand the Qur’an, while throwing a much-needed light on what it means to be a Muslim.

About the Author:

Ingrid Mattson is a Professor at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. She has published numerous articles on Islam and is on the editorial board of The Muslim World. She travels and lecturers widely and is President of the Islamic Society of North America.

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