The Koran For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 4, 2011 - Religion - 384 pages
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With the current turmoil in the Middle East, there is a growing interest about Islam—the world’s second largest religion and one of the fastest growing—and its holy book, the Koran (or Qur’an). Now, with this easy-to-follow, plain-English guide, you can explore the history, structure, and basic tenets of Islam’s sacred scripture.

The Koran For Dummies is for non-Muslims interested in the Koran as well as Muslims looking to deepen their understanding. Islamic scholar Sohaib Sultan provides a clear road map, revealing:

  • The meaning of Koran and its basic message
  • The Koran’s place in history and in Islamic spiritual life
  • Explanations of its language, structure, and narrative style
  • How to live by the Koran’s teachings
  • The Koran’s role in key global issues, such as Jihad vs. terrorism
  • Different interpretations of the Koran

No other book provides such a straightforward look at what the Koran says, how it says it, and how believers live according to its guidance. From how the Koran was received by Mohammed and how it was compiled to how it’s interpreted by Islam’s two main branches, you’ll see how to put the Islamic faith in perspective.

Plus, you’ll discover:

  • What the Koran really says about women and civil law
  • How Islam relates to Judaism and Christianity
  • The Koran’s view of God, prophets, mankind, and the self
  • How its teachings are lived and recited every day by devout Muslims
  • Common misconceptions of the Koran
  • How to raise a family the Koranic way

Complete with lists of important passages, Koranic terminology, famous quotes, and further reading resources, The Koran For Dummies makes it easy and enjoyable for you to grasp the teachings and significance of Islam's holy book.


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User Review  - bakersfieldbarbara - LibraryThing

An excellent book to read if you want to understand Islam, Muslims, and the Koran. It isn't as the news media presents, most of the time, and knowing about all religions and people brings ... Read full review

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As you begin a journey into the worlds most respected and sacred texts?Really i call BS

Selected pages


Revealing the Word of God The Book
From Revelation to Written Book
Mapping Out the Structure of the Book
Discovering the Language of the Koran
Relating the Koran to Abrahamic Revelations
Interpreting the Koran
Understanding Interpretations of the Koran Today
Understanding the Koranic View of Self
Achieving Koranic Ethics and Morality
Raising a Family the Koranic
Bringing Up Children
Relating the Koran to the World
Purifying Society through Islamic
Struggling for God Jihad
Discussing Women in the Koran

Seeing the Koranic Worldview
Meeting God Prophets and Mankind
Divining Nature the Universe and the Unseen
Taking the Koranic View of Other Faith Traditions
Living the Koran
Putting Meaning into Ritual
The Koran and Modernity
The Part of Tens
Ten Misconceptions about the Koran
Ten Ways to Dig Deeper into the Koran
Surfing Web Sites
Finding Prophets in the Koran

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About the author (2011)

Sohaib Sultan is a freelance journalist and student of the Islamic tradition who has studied the Koran and Islam extensively with Islamic scholars in the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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