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The Koran For Dummies Paperback – May 21, 2004
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The Qur'an's overall context of hostility to those who disbelieve in Mohammed's prophecy is downplayed in one forthcoming book, The Koran for Dummies by Sohaid Sultan. Under the heading "Discovering the Basic Messages of the Koran," Sultan lists as Mohammed's basic themes "The unity of God," "Worship and service to God," "Prophets to teach and guide," "Completion of past revelations," "Guidance to a spiritual path," "Movement for social change," "Accountability of deeds." All of which sounds pretty harmless—nothing about making war on unbelievers. (Publishers Weekly, May 10, 2004)
"...provides an introduction to Islam's holy book." (Publishers Weekly, February 9, 2004)
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See what the Koran says about women, family, and law
Grasp the wisdom and power of Islam's sacred Scripture
Want to understand the Koran? This straightforward guide explains what the Koran says, how it says it, and how believers live according to its guidance. From how the Koran was revealed to Mohammad to how the Book relates to today's world, you'll see how to put the Islamic faith in perspective.
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Explanations in plain English
"Get in, get out" information
Icons and other navigational aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun
How Islam relates to other faiths
What the Koran says about God, prophets, humankind, and the self
The Koran's teachings on morality
Common misconceptions about the Koran
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Top Customer Reviews
Sultan is a moderate American Muslim and clearly intends to present the Qu'ran and Islam in the most positive light. But he is also honest about some of the harsher aspects of what the Qu'ran says that are difficult for most non-Muslims to accept. For instance, the Qu'ran prescribes the amputation of one or both hands for thieves and execution by stoning for several other crimes including murder, rape and even adultery. The Qu'ran also strictly forbids alcohol, gambling and pork.
The Bible contains some similarly extreme punishments for homosexuals, adulterers and others as well as an even stricter code of dietary regulations. But while many modern Jews and Christians are inclined to interpret the Bible metaphorically, virtually all orthodox Muslims believe the Qu'ran to the perfect and indisputable word of God for all times and all circumstances. The Qu'ran also places much emphasis on the Day Of Judgement, when the righteous will go to Paradise while the wicked are left to suffer the agonies of Hell, which the Qu'ran decribes in lengthy and often very gory detail.Read more ›
Sohaib Sultan manages to not only introduce basic concepts about Islam and the Quran, but he takes the reader through many deeper and more complicated issues - all without sacrificing an ounce of clarity or readability. What emerges is an engaging, readable, and surprisingly in depth survey of Islam. The book is also remarkably through and even-handed. Flip through it at the bookstore (or using the "look inside" feature), my guess is you'll be impressed - something that will likely only increase when you read the author's bio and see that he was only 23 when he finished the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to understand, of course, since it is written for newbies. Love the format.Published 11 days ago by Sabrina
I think this was a great introduction to Islam and the Koran. The author provides many additional resources for study, comparison and support for those who want to learn more.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book seems to be written with the author's slant and interpretation.
It is NOT a dispassionate, factual presentation. Read more
My first "Dummies" book, and I loved it. I'm likely to buy more "Dummies" books. If you want an excellent overview a subject, I'm guessing, based on this book, that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph Rudnicki
Clears up a few things, but I think the author tries too hard to overcome Christian prejudice.
Important note: The Koran was not organized chronologically.