The Qur'an: Books That Changed the World

Bruce Lawrence (Author)


"Meditative and unique, a lovely read for any spiritual person, Muslim or not."--Publisher's Weekly

Few books in history have been 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. In this book, one of the launch titles in Atlantic Monthly Press' "Books That Changed the World" series, the 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. Bruce 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.

Product Details

$13.00  $11.96
Grove Press
Publish Date
February 18, 2008
5.24 X 0.68 X 7.74 inches | 0.54 pounds

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About the Author

Bruce Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Religion at Duke University and the author or editor of numerous books, including Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence.


"An important work for those seeking to understand--and defend--Islam."
"This book, like the book it studies, is meditative and unique, a lovely read for any spiritual person, Muslim or not."
"Timely and provocative . . . Lawrence's history of the Qur'an [is] highly instructive. . . . The history of the book is a map of the world we live in today."
"Standout . . . [Lawrence] presents in the most readable manner what for some will be a new topic. For Muslims who seek to deepen their faith and for non-Muslims who seek to understand that faith, The Qur'an is a valuable resource."