Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Qur'an Dilemma Volume One ~ review

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Water Life Publishing (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1935577034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935577034

Book Description

The Qur'an is the very foundation of Islam. It is the source of all laws and practices, religious or otherwise, in Islamic countries and societies. The Qur'an itself is divided into 114 chapters, or suras, of different lengths. This first volume of the The Qur'an Dilemma investigates the first nine of these suras. Each sura contains the text of the Qur'an complemented with these well-annotated elements: * Introduction, outlining the major subjects * Critical analysis of key verses, focusing on their historical accounts, scientific information, logic, and literary structure. * Variant readings of certain verses, highlighting how the Arabic text has been read by others in ways that differ from the current common readings. Emphasis is given to the variation in the text itself, especially by those who do not agree with the codification made by 'Uthman's committee * Abrogated verses with analytical comments, explaining how the authority and understanding of such verses are impacted by other verses. (Abrogation is a phenomenon peculiar to the Qur'an, in which hundreds of verses have been annulled or replaced by other verses.....

My take on this book:
The Qur'an is something that always piqued my interest but as an English speaking person I knew I would never be able to make sense of it, that is until now. With "Qur'an The Dilemma" which is the first volume in a two volume set , the authors have taken the time to translate the Qur'an from Arabic to English. A must read for anyone who is looking to gain insight into the Islamic religion.

The book is broken down into three different parts:
Part one is the background of the Qur'an. Part two is the Qur'anic text and part three is resources and references. 
The book is set up in a way that is very easy to use, and actually provides a guide to reading the book which I found quite useful. For me instead of reading this book cover to cover I find myself flipping thru the pages and reading sections that catch my attention. For me this book has been a real eye opener,with one of the most interesting chapters for me being Women in the Qur'an. Overall an interesting book that is well worth owning. I would certainly recommend this one to anyone looking for greater understanding of what the Qur'an says.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by GlassRoads in exchange for an honest review.

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