How to Read the Quran

How to Read the Quran How To Read The Qur An Offers A Compact Introduction And Reader S Guide For Anyone, Non Muslim Or Muslim, Who Wants To Know How To Approach, Read, And Understand The Text Of The Qur AnUsing A Chronological Reading Of The Text According To The Conclusions Of Modern Scholarship, Carl Ernst Offers A Nontheological Approach That Treats The Qur An As A Historical Text That Unfolded Over Time, In Dialogue With Its Audience, During The Career Of The Prophet Muhammad Ernst Explores The History Of The Text And Its Development In The Meccan And Medinan Periods The Qur An S Important Structural Features, Including Symmetrical Or Ring Composition Recent Revisionist Challenges To Its Textual Integrity And Intertextual References In The Qur An That Relate To Earlier Works, Such As The Bible Featuring Ernst S Illuminating New Translations Of Qur Anic Verses, Close Studies Of Numerous Key Passages, And Appendices With Tools To Help Readers Work Their Way Through The Entire Text, How To Read The Qur An Not Only Summarizes Historical And Literary Issues But Also Engages With The Religious And Political Context Of Understanding The Qur An Today

Carl W Ernst is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic studies at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill He is also the director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.Ernst received his A.B in comparative religion at Stanford University in 1973, and his Ph.D at Harvard University in 1981.Ernst s re

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • How to Read the Quran
  • Carl W. Ernst
  • English
  • 09 February 2018
  • 9780807835166

10 thoughts on “How to Read the Quran

  1. says:

    This book did not quite cover everything that I wanted to know about Islam, but it provided a good starting point for further knowledge to be built upon I really appreciated its coverage of today s most controversial issues between Islam and the Western world The author does a great job at explaining the many different sides and opinions taken within the religion itself.

  2. says:

    Presents interesting ideas His method is not new, as there are structural commentaries of the Qur an within the Islamic tradition predating him It is a rather drawn out book though and a bit tedious to read after the point is received.

  3. says:

    Recent events revolving around the Qur an, such as the accidental burning of it in Afghanistan or the intentional provocations of radical American Christian pastors, suggest that Westerns often still fail to understand the role of the Qur an in Muslims lives On occasion, the mere suggestion of having Westerners read the Qur an in order to gain a better understanding of its message has incited anger and lawsuits, as was the case at the University of North Carolina in 2002.The inability to bridge these cultural differences and the many inherent challenges the Qur an possesses inspired Carl W Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, to write his new book How to Read the Qur an A New Guide, with Select Translations University of North Carolina Press, 2011 He wondered how should the non Muslim read the Qur an This comprehensive introduction presents a literary historical approach that enables the reader to understand how the Qur an s initial audience encountered it through a chronological reading, traditionally understood through the early Meccan, later Meccan, and Medinan periods of Muhammad s career It introduces a reading that understands the structure and form of the text as informing the meaning Thus, Ernst examines the symmetry and balanced composition of verses, the tripartite structure of certain chapters, intertexuality within the Qur an, and uses rhetorical analysis and ring composition as a means to approach and understand seemingly contradictory religious claims Ernst s text is engaging and informative while achieving its goal of making the Qur an accessible to the non Muslim His new book will certainly motivate a future group of Qur anic studies scholars and will allow the uninitiated reader to better understand what the previously veiled text says about the cosmos and Muslims position in it.http 2

  4. says:

    This book serves partially as an introductory book to the Qur an and also an advanced book on the Qur an, and this is its downfall It mentions basic facts such as the Qur an is not in sequence and how reading it in sequence can provide great depth and understanding into the minds of the first Muslims and context of the revelations Then it advances in deep into the literary structure of the Qur an and demonstrates the use of ring structures and how it can be used instead of the technique of abrogation to understand the Qur an Such an idea is far advanced even when understood, it is not useful to the reader.Having said that, this book still deserves four stars It provides a fresh perspective on the Qur an and makes you think of the book differently You ll approach the book differently and will be aware of its hidden complexities If you are a Muslim, at least skim the book to get an gist of the ideas If you are not a Muslim, read the book to understand a bit of context before reading it otherwise, you may err and read it like a novel and be highly disappointed.

  5. says:

    I was grateful to have read the Introduction and Chapter One at the beginning of the Qur an class that I took, but the later chapters ended up kind of over my head A greater familiarity with the structure of the Qur an and with the surahs within Ernst s subcategories would have helped I think I would have gotten out of these later sections if I d read them after doing work reading the Qur an and other thematic interpretations exegesis.

  6. says:

    This was an invaluable resource while reading the Koran Ernst had some really great things to say that truly drove my discussion and thought about the Koran as a whole.I did think he could have delved a little deeper into the various reference to religious pluralism and how that jives or does not jive with other violent verses, but that is of a quibble than anything else I especially appreciated his work on ring structure, which was absolutely fascinating.

  7. says:

    An excellent guide for non Muslims on how to approach the Qur an responsibly without having to adopt theological commitments of a believer This book is scholarly in methodology, respectful in tone, insightful in its analysis, and thorough in defending its various claims, resources, and techniques Best how to read style book I have ever read

  8. says:

    Very helpful Yay But he ducks the big issues Suras 4, 8 9 Boo

  9. says:

    I stopped in the middle, having gotten what I wanted out of it It is worth working at in order to get past the rhetoric of the professional haters.

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