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The Qur'anic Narrative: The Journey of Life as Told in the Qur'an

The Qur'anic Narrative: The Journey of Life as Told in the Qur'an (Hardback)

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Recent arguments surrounding the meaning and message of the Qur'an often focus on whether or not it supports or exhorts violence. Such arguments, though, tend to ignore the fact that the scriptures found there speak to various aspects of life and living. The Qur'anic Narrative attempts to show that the Qur'an has an inspiring message that aims to enlighten the path of those who embrace it and guides them through the journey of life. Exploring various themes related to everyday experiences, Safi reveals the meaning of the Qur'an with regard to issues of spirit, faith, charity, patience, fasting, salvation, pride, charity, moral discipline, and other relevant topics. In an attempt to recapture the Islamic spirit promoted in the Qur'an, this book offers an approach that speaks to areas of life many people are concerned about. It pastes together a narrative that is more consistent and more representative of the overall Qur'anic message, which, the author contends, is ultimately one of peace and hope. Safi places the Qur'an in context, too, by examining its meaning to early recipients of the scriptures and its place in that particular social and historical context.

He continues by updating that meaning for modern readers and adherents, relating the intended meaning to an evolving human audience and to contemporary experiences. The author contends that extremist readings are misinterpretations and that those who may view the Qur'an as a holy text that encourages, even demands, violence are incorrect. Ultimately, readers will come away from this work with a broader appreciation of the Qur'an and its intended meaning and message.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsIslamIslamic life & practiceReligion & BeliefsIslamThe Koran Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 01/10/2008 ISBN-13: 9780313361999  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Louay M. Safi is Executive Director of ISNA Leadership Development Center (ILDC), Plainfield, Indiana. He is a fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and serves on the steering committee of the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. He is the author of eight books, including Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World, Peace and the Limits of War, and others. He has served as the Executive Director and Director of Research of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, Editor of the Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Safi taught at Wayne State University, and served as Visiting Professor at George Washington and as Associate Professor of Political Science.

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