The Qur'an and Its Study: An In-Depth Exploration of Islam's Sacred Scripture - Paperback
Ever since its revelation over fourteen hundred years ago, the Qur’an has been the focus of considerable scholarly research. The present work represents one of the finest contemporary examples of Qur’anic scholarship written by a scholar who has spent a lifetime studying and teaching Qur’anic studies. In the course of five rich sections, Prof Adnan Zarzour considers an incredible range of topics including the nature of Qur’anic revelation, the history of the Qur’an’s compilation, an exploration of the Qur’an’s language, style and the nature of its stylistic inimitability and artistic features.
Other themes explored here include the impact of the Qur’an on Islamic civilization, as well as the various classical sub-disciplines of Qur’anic studies, including the study of the variant readings (qirā’āt), the reasons for revelation (asbāb al-nuzūl), and abrogation (Naskh).
Over the course of six sections, this rich reference book explores the various areas of Qur’anic studies:
the history of its documentation
its many disciplines
the methods of interpretation
and finally, as a work of art.
Unlike some other works, Prof Zarzour also explores contemporary scholarship on the Qur’an, notably through a critical evaluation of modern tendencies such as the claim that the Qur’an contains scientific miracles and an evaluation of some of the most recognized modern works of Qur’anic commentary (tafsir).