What the Qurʼan Meant and Why It Matters

What the Qurʼan Meant and Why It Matters

Book - 2017
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and religious scholar redirects his lifelong focus on Christianity and takes open-minded look at the Qur'an, finding the original meaning of the sacred text and showing numerous parallels between it and the Old and New Testaments.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2017
ISBN: 9781101981023
Characteristics: x, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: 297.1226 WIL


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Feb 05, 2018

There's a lot to be learned from Gary Wills' book, especially about the commonalities between the Torah, the Bible, and the Quran. The book stands as an powerful rebuttal to the hysteria and resulting Quran bans in the U.S.. For one thing, Will lays out the importance given in the Quran to numerous prophets, including to Jesus.
That said, one gets the impression that Wills is leaning over backwards at times to smooth over contentious matters such as Muslim women required to wear a headscarf even though a growing number today are simply making a political statement with the headscarf. Likewise with the real disadvantages within marriage for many Muslim women. I'd hoped he would treat "Talak, talak, talak" but instead he goes on at length to show how the Quran empowers married women.


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