Post 9/11, sales of translations of the Qur'an have greatly
increased. Students and general readers alike are increasingly
interested in the sacred writings of Islam. But the Qur'an can
often make difficult reading. It lacks continuous narrative, and
different types of material dealing with different topics are often
found in the same chapter. Also, readers often attempt to read the
book from start to finish and without any knowledge of the life and
experiences of both Muhammad and the community of Islam.
Introductions to the Qur'an attempt to make interpretation of these
complex scriptures easier by discussing context, history and
different interpretations, and presenting selective textual
examples. Bennett's new introduction takes a fresh approach to
studying the Qur'an. By reordering parts of the Qur'an, placing its
chapters and verses into a continuous narrative, the author creates
a framework that untangles and elucidates its seemingly unconnected
content. Through this new approach the reader will come to
understand various aspects of the Qur'an's interpretation, from
Muhammad's life, to Muslim conduct and prayer, to legal
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