Qur’an in Conversation

Michael Birkel. aylor Univ., $39.95 (276p) ISBN 978-1-4813-0097-1
Birkel (Silence and Witness), a professor of religion at Earlham College, asked North American scholars of Islam and Muslim religious leaders for exegetical essays on passages in the Qur’an that were significant for them. Birkel’s is the guiding hand; he organizes the short commentaries by theme and provides introductory material and helpful back matter, including a glossary of Arabic terms and useful footnotes. But the heart of the book is the chorus of assembled voices from men and women; converts and those born in the faith; chaplains, imams, and academics; and people of many ethnicities. The result is a range of interpretation and study that will dazzle and open the eyes of serious students new to the Qur’an, at whom this book is aimed. Though many of the writers are scholars, the text is accessible and at times remarkable for its heartfelt candor. Birkel’s book comes at a fine time, when serious critical study of the Qur’an is gaining momentum in the Western religion academy—it is groundbreaking. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/14/2014
Release date: 08/01/2014
Show other formats
FORMATS
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.