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The Qur'an

A Biography

Books That Changed the World: Book #2
By Bruce Lawrence
Narrated by Michael Prichard / 5 hours 10 minutes

Few books in history have been as important or 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. It is revered by Muslims throughout the world, in whom it inspires devotion, passion, fear, and sometimes incomprehension. In this book, one of the launch titles in the Atlantic Monthly Press's Books That Changed the World series, 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. 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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Books That Changed the World Series


On The Wealth of Nations
On The Wealth of Nations
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The Qur'an
The Qur'an
Bruce Lawrence
Darwin's Origin of Species
Darwin's Origin of Species
Janet Browne
Plato's Republic
Plato's Republic
Simon Blackburn
Clausewitz's On War
Clausewitz's On War
Hew Strachan
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Christopher Hitchens
The Bible
The Bible
Karen Armstrong
Marx's Das Kapital
Marx's Das Kapital
Francis Wheen
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey
Alberto Manguel
Author
Narrator Michael Prichard
ISBN 9781400173877
Length 5 hours 10 minutes
Language English
Publisher Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres History & Nonfiction
Libro.fm rank #166,383 Overall
Genre rank #7,948 in History