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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Lawrence Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books that Changed the World Series Release Date:
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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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  • “Michael Prichards comfort with foreign names and words makes the deluge of dogma easier to understand and digest than the text alone. His smooth voice makes difficult concepts, including the differences between the Sunni and Shiite sects, find relevance in todays globalized civilization under continuous religious conflicts. Without this pleasant and avuncular narrator, some of the meaning in verses from the ancient book could be painful to absorb.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karlton | 10/31/2013

    " I good starting point for learning about Islam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ruby | 9/15/2013

    " This book is part of a series entitled "Books that Changed the World." The author discusses various peoples' interpretations of the Qur'an, thus portraying how exactly the Qur'an has influenced intellectuals, poets, kings, and everyday people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anthony | 6/26/2013

    " A topical approach to the Qur'an that explains important themes and context for Qur'anic teaching. A useful antidote to the simple-minded anti-Muslim bigotry that passes for "expertise" these days. See also my review of "Idiot America." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jesse | 5/2/2012

    " Lawrence, the author of this Quran biography obviously knows his stuff. But I can't help wondering 'who is this book for'? The history is simple enough that any Muslim would already know it, and yet for those of us not muslim I was left wanting for more information. "

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About the Author

Bruce Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Religion at Duke University. He is an expert on Islam and non-Muslim religious traditions of Asia, especially Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Bruce is the author or editor of numerous books, including Shattering the Myth: Islam beyond Violence, Defenders of God, and Messages to the World, an edited volume of Osama bin Laden’s statements.