- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2 edition (June 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226702863
- ISBN-13: 978-0226702865
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Fazlur Rahman (1919–1988) was the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago. He also taught at Durham University, McGill University, and UCLA. At Chicago he was instrumental in building the Near Eastern Studies program.
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I am divided between three stars and four stars and might give it three and a half. It is a shame that the field of Quranic Studies has not yet produced a good introductory book that overcomes the shortcomings of this book while also providing an overview of the Quran's basic teachings.
Most of this book can be read by a newcomer to this subject. The book starts off talking about people and disagreements that one may be unfamiliar with, but the book gets quickly through this.
The author seems willing to look past orthodoxy to see Islam as one community among others. He holds out a hope that Muslims can listen to the Quran rather than tradition. He also believes that Christians can move the doctrine of the trinity to be more compatible with the Quran.
This book is useful for those that want to understand the Quran regardless of their religion. While the book is old, it is still the only fair attempt at a systematic approach to the Quran.