- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192853449
- ISBN-13: 978-0192853448
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Koran: A Very Short Introduction Paperback – June 15, 2000
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"In a beautifully written, concise, and insightful study... Michael Cook makes clear some of the mysteries of this holy book....Evocative and explanatory.... For anyone, at almost any level of knowledge, wanting to learn more about the Qur'an, this is a wonderful place to start."--First Things
"Professor Cook's book is informative, witty, and rich with insight. The author firmly places the Koran within its broader context, lending his treatment depth and vigor."--Mohamed Mahmoud, Tufts University
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Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
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i would expect linguists to be interested in this book, and most others to be disappointed by the majority of it.
Nothing I can offer will add or subtract from the previous reviews, but I will claim that the book is a good one and valuable for understanding the sacred text if you find it foreign. Furthermore, it is a handy reference that I have returned to several times as recent political conversations hover around fundamentalism in general, and Islam in particular. Note that the two practices are no more one and the same than Christianity and fundamentalism, but both sets are often interlinked.