Prophets in the Quran: An Introduction to the Quran and Muslim Exegesis


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Publish Date
June 18, 2002
6.3 X 1.33 X 9.52 inches | 1.61 pounds

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About the Author

Brannon Wheeler is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington in Seattle where he is also coordinator of the new programme in Comparative Islamic Studies. He has published widely on Quranic Studies and Islamic Law with particular focus on the evolution of Islam in late antiquity and the early medieval world of the Mediterranean and Near East.


Brannon Wheeler s Prophets in the Quran: An Introduction to the Quran and Muslim Exegesis lives up to its billing more than adequately. The choice of this topic, so central to both theology and narrative literature and lore generally, makes for a superb entree to the Islamic tradition. Wheeler s introduction offers a concise overview of the topic and its principle textual sources, including hadith (sayings of Muhammad), major exegetical works, and the important genre tales of the prophets. Wheeler s fairly extensive Glossary of Interpreters and Transmitters is particularly useful, providing brief bio-historical sketches on nearly two hundred important figures in the history of exegesis and hadith studies. His suggestions for further reading, along with excellent Qur anic and general indexes, also much enhance the volume s utility makes this volume a natural for classroom use in religious studies approaches to Islam Religion & Literature, Spring 2005
"This book is a most welcome addition to the relatively limited number of works that mediate the primary sources of early Islamic tradition to English-speaking audiences. By concentrating on the central Qur'anic theme of God prophets and messengers from Adam to Muhammad, it offers a rich but focused selection of original passages from both the Qur'an itself and other early Islamic texts. Selected and translated with thoughtfulness and care, the contents are accessible to beginning students in conjunction with secondary literature on the Qur'an and early Islam; the collection can serve also as a useful quick-reference handbook for scholars interested in the treatment of a particular prophetic figure in the Qur'an and early Muslim interpretation." William A. Graham, Professor of the History of Religion and Islamic Studies, Harvard University
"[a] useful and accessible tool to understanding Muslim exegesis." Middle East Journal, Winter 2003