This highly topical introduction to the holy book of Islam includes essential reference resources such as a chronology of the revelation, weblinks and extensive guides to further reading. Exploring the Qur'an's reception through history, its key teachings and its place in contemporary thought and belief, the book analyzes: * the Qur'an as the word of God * its reception and communication by the Prophet Muhammad * the structure and language of the text * conceptions of God, the holy law and jihad * Islamic commentaries on Qur'anic teachings through the ages. The Qur'an: The Basics is a concise and easy-to-read introduction to the text that provides the foundations of Muslim faith, right-living and daily worship.
1. Islam and the Qur'an 2. Structure and Composition 3. God, Humanity and Faith 4. The Qur'an and the Qur'anic Sciences 5. Contemporary Approaches to the Qur'an. Appendix 1: Glossary of Essential Terms. Appendix 2: Concise Traditional Chronology of the Revelation. Appendix 3: Websites on the Qur'an