The Qur'an by Bruce Lawrence
A Biography (Books That Changed the World)

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“Meditative and unique, a lovely read for any spiritual person, Muslim or not.”—Publisher's Weekly

Few books in history have been as poorly understood as the Qur’an. Sent down in a series of revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur’an is the unmediated word of Allah, a ritual, political, and legal authority, an ethical and spiritual guide, and a literary masterpiece. In this book, one of the launch titles in Atlantic Monthly Press’ “Books That Changed the World” series, the distinguished historian of religion Bruce Lawrence shows precisely how the Qur’an is Islam. He describes the origins of the faith and assesses its tremendous influence on today’s societies and politics. Above all, Lawrence emphasizes that the Qur’an is a sacred book of signs that has no single message. It is a book that demands interpretation and one that can be properly understood only through its history. Bruce Lawrence’s work is a beautifully written and, in these increasingly troubled times, invaluable introduction to and exploration of the core sacred text of Islam.

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Bruce Lawrence is a professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University and the author of six books, including Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence and Defenders of God.
Published March 18, 2008 by Grove Press. 249 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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He offers character sketches of early interpreters of the Qur’an such as Tabari, an immensely learned man who “would still have been one of the most important Muslim scholars of all time” had he confined himself to it instead of writing 30 books on all manner of subjects;

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As part of this press's series on Books That Changed the World, Lawrence, a professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, offers an unusual "biography" of the Qur'an, the Islamic holy book.

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