By Walter H. Wagner
starting the Qur'an could be a bewildering event to non-Muslim, English-speaking readers. those that count on old narratives, tales, or essays on morals are confused after they cross the attractive first Surah, frequently surprised after which slowed down by way of Surah 2, or even angry via Surah 3's strictures opposed to nonbelievers. Walter H. Wagner "opens" the Qur'an via supplying a accomplished and terribly readable, step by step advent to the textual content, making it obtainable to scholars, lecturers, clergy, and basic readers drawn to Islam and Islam's holy ebook. Wagner first locations the prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an, and the early Muslim neighborhood of their historic, geographical, and theological contexts. This history is a foundation for studying the Qur'an and realizing its position in later Muslim advancements in addition to for relationships among Muslims, Jews, and Christians. He then seems intimately at particular passages, relocating from adored devotional texts to more and more tricky and provocative topics. the chosen bibliography serves as a source for additional analyzing and examine. Woven into the dialogue are references to Islamic ideals and practices. Wagner exhibits nice sensitivity towards the dangers and possibilities for non-Muslims who try to interpret the Qur'an, and sympathy within the lengthy fight to construct bridges of mutual belief and sincere appreciation among Muslims and non-Muslims.
"A variety of observers, like Mahmood Mamdani, have mentioned that modern occasions have ended in a variety available in the market for translations of the Qur'an. This e-book will support and advisor readers of those Qur'an translations within the English language. This publication may be utilized in introductory classes on Islam or complex classes focusing solely on Islam's holy e-book, the Qur'an . . . basic readers open air the academy can also locate it necessary in assisting them know how to take advantage of and make experience of the Qur'an." --A. Rashied Omar, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for overseas Peace stories, college of Notre Dame
"The Qur'an may be terra incognita for the non-Muslim reader. Walter Wagner's discovered e-book brings us to terra firma. With transparent, empathetic, religiously delicate but historical-critical observation, Opening the Qur'an makes feel of Islam's holy ebook. Wagner is an extraordinary consultant: a dedicated Christian who has listened conscientiously and sympathetically to Muslims, who comprehend the Quran as God's note. Wagner conveys their religion with out compromising his personal. this can be greater than a piece of scholarship and pedagogy; it truly is an act of admire from one nice culture to another." --Alan Mittleman, The Jewish Theological Seminary
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Outraged, Terah and the townspeople hauled Abraham before the city's ruler, who had Abraham cast into a hot furnace. 15 28 APPROACHING THE QUR'AN The biblical account introduced Terah when he moved his clan from Mesopotamia to Syria. Abraham, called by and obedient to God, left Terah and took his family into Canaan. He had a nocturnal vision in which the Lord made a covenantal vow that Abraham would have a son and his vast posterity would possess the land from the Euphrates to the Nile forever (Gen.
34 A person who has memorized the text and is recognized as a "reciter" is a qari (pi. qurra). Qurra often declaim at public events, at celebrations, and on radio and television. In a home, masjid (mosque), and madrassa (religious school affiliated with a masjid) a Qur'an is often placed on a distinctively carved rihal (a stand about eight or ten inches high) and given a prominent, honored place. Often and alternately, the Qur'an is wrapped carefully in a cloth. The Book is to be handled reverently for it is God's word.
As pluralists open the Qur'an, they will affirm the universal factors, identify the cultural specifics, and seek to extend universal ethical norms. To be forthright with readers, I am within the circle of those inclusivist Protestants who answer "Yes" to the question of whether Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship and seek to serve the same God. I hold that in key areas God's ways and truth may be discerned in and through Islam, the Qur'an, and Muhammad's devotion to God. I am still pondering how far and with what reservations and affirmations that response reaches.
Opening the Qur'an: Introducing Islam's Holy Book by Walter H. Wagner