Arabic Through the Qurʼān

Author: Alan Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780946621675

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 331

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Whether used as a means of self-instruction or as part of higher learning coursework, this language primer is ideally suited for those wishing to learn classical Arabic and for Muslims who wish to learn Arabic exclusively for use in their religious and spiritual practice. Designed to enhance the understanding of the Qur'an and its vocabulary that has infiltrated the whole of Arabic and Islamic literature, this workbook provides 40 easy-to-follow lessons for learning Qur'anic rather than modern Arabic. Beginning with a section on the Arabic alphabet, the text moves on to individual lessons that address one or more grammatical topics, ranging from the basics of nouns, adjectives, and prepositions to the more complex concepts of the imperative, the passive, and conditional sentence, introducing new vocabulary in the process. Accompanying translation exercises, a glossary of technical terms, and an index supplement the main text.

The Qurʾān

A Form-Critical History

Author: Karim Samji

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110580047

Category: History

Page: 315

View: 5668

The corpus coranicum eludes familiar categories and resists strict labels. No doubt the threads woven into the fabric are exceptionally textured, varied, and complex. Accordingly, the introductory chapter of this book demonstrates the application of form criticism to the text. Chapter two then presents a form-critical study of the prayer genre. It identifies three productive formulae and addresses distinct social settings and forms associated with them. The third chapter begins by defining the liturgy genre vis-à-vis prayer in the Qurʾān. Drawing a line between the hymn and litany forms, this chapter treats each in turn. Chapter four considers the genre classified as wisdom literature. It identifies sapiential formulae and sheds light on wisdom contexts. The fifth chapter examines the narrative genre writ large. It also surveys narrative blocks of the long saga. The subsequent chapter on the proclamation genre inspects a set of vocative formulae, which occurs in the messenger situation. The concluding chapter looks at the corpus through synchronic and diachronic lenses. In the end, Qurʾānic genres encapsulate the form-critical elements of formulae, forms, and settings, as well as an historical dimension.

Copulae in the Arabic Noun Phrase

A Unified Analysis of Arabic Adnominal Markers

Author: Francesco Grande

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004256288

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

View: 7477

Morphemes combined with the Arabic noun exhibit many puzzling properties, still unaccounted for in the literature. This book proposes a new, unified explanation, analyzing these morphemes as copulae, with the constructions in which they occur as instances of predication

Der Koran als Text der Spätantike

ein europäischer Zugang

Author: Angelika Neuwirth

Publisher: N.A


Category: Islam

Page: 859

View: 8273

"Ist der Koran ein rein islamischer und damit uns fremder Text? Oder ist er nicht eher eine neue und eigenwillige Stimme in jenem Konzert spätantiker Debatten, in denen auch die theologischen Grundlagen der jüdischen und christlichen Religion gelegt worden sind? Nicht den Koran müssen wir aufgrund neuer Handschriftenfunde oder mit Hilfe linguistischer Experimente ummodellieren -- unsere Perspektive auf den Koran müssen wir entscheidend ändern, wenn wir seine revolutionäre Neuheit in den Blick bekommen wollen. Angelika Neuwirth, Leiterin des Forschungsprojekts Corpus Coranicum an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, liest den Koran als Text der Spätantike, einer Epoche, die auch für die europäische Kulturgeschichte formativ war. Der Koran wird so als ein vertrauter Text erkennbar, den wir unbeschadet zum 'europäischen Erbe' rechnen könnten, trennten ihn nicht uralte Vorurteile von einer unvoreingenommenen Wahrnehmung."-- Provided by publisher.

Feindliche Übernahme

Wie der Islam den Fortschritt behindert und die Gesellschaft bedroht

Author: Thilo Sarrazin

Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag

ISBN: 3960922957

Category: Political Science

Page: 450

View: 2061

Das Zurückbleiben der islamischen Welt, die Integrationsdefizite der Muslime in Deutschland und Europa sowie die Unterdrückung der muslimischen Frauen sind eine Folge der kulturellen Prägung durch den Islam. Das zeigt Thilo Sarrazin in seinem neuen Bestseller. Auch Deutschland muss sich diesen Tatsachen stellen, wächst doch der Anteil der Muslime in Deutschland und Europa durch Einwanderung und anhaltend hohe Geburtenraten immer weiter an. Bei einer Fortsetzung dieses Trends sind die Muslime hier auf dem Weg zur Mehrheit. Unsere Kultur und Gesellschaft lassen sich nur schützen, indem die weitere Einwanderung von Muslimen gestoppt und die Integration der bei uns lebenden Muslime mit robusten Mitteln vorangetrieben wird. Denn alle Tendenzen, den Islam zu reformieren, sind bisher weitgehend gescheitert. So gibt es in keinem Land, in dem Muslime in der Mehrheit sind, Religionsfreiheit und eine funktionierende Demokratie. Stattdessen leidet die islamische Welt als Ganzes unter einem explosionsartigen Bevölkerungswachstum, und ihre Fanatisierung nimmt ständig zu. Thilo Sarrazin spannt einen Bogen von den Aussagen des Korans zur mentalen Prägung der Muslime, von da weiter zu Eigenarten und Problemen muslimischer Staaten und Gesellschaften und schließlich zu den Einstellungen und Verhaltensweisen von Muslimen in den Einwanderungsgesellschaften des Westens.

The Canonization of Islamic Law

A Social and Intellectual History

Author: Ahmed El Shamsy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107435676

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 7252

The Canonization of Islamic Law tells the story of the birth of classical Islamic law in the eighth and ninth centuries CE. It shows how an oral normative tradition embedded in communal practice was transformed into a systematic legal science defined by hermeneutic analysis of a clearly demarcated scriptural canon. This transformation was inaugurated by the innovative legal theory of Muhammad b. Idrīs al-Shāfi'ī (d. 820 CE), and it took place against the background of a crisis of identity and religious authority in ninth-century Egypt. By tracing the formulation, reception, interpretation and spread of al-Shāfi'ī's ideas, the author demonstrates how the canonization of scripture that lay at the heart of al-Shāfi'ī's theory formed the basis for the emergence of legal hermeneutics, the formation of the Sunni schools of law, and the creation of a shared methodological basis in Muslim thought.

Reading the Qur'an

The Contemporary Relevance of the Sacred Text of Islam

Author: Ziauddin Sardar

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199911495

Category: Religion

Page: 432

View: 3669

"I grew up reading the Qur'an on my mother's lap," writes Ziauddin Sardar. "It's an experience I share with most Muslim children. And so it is that our connection to the Qur'an is infused with associations of the warmest and most enduring of human bonds." In Reading the Qur'an, Sardar--one of Europe's leading public intellectuals--laments that for far too many Muslims, the Qur'an he had learned in his mother's lap has become a stick used for ensuring conformity and suppressing dissenting views. Indeed, some find in the Qur'an justification for misogyny, validation for hatred of others, an obsession with dress and mindless ritual, rules for running modern states. Arguing passionately but reasonably against these trends, Sardar speaks out for a more open, less doctrinaire approach to reading the Qur'an. He contends that the Qur'an is not fixed in stone for all time, but a dynamic text which every generation must encounter anew, and whose relevance and implications for our time we have yet to fully discover. The words of the Qur'an imply movement: the religious life, it tells us, is not about standing still but always striving to make our life, our society, the entire world around us a better place for everyone. Sardar explores the Qur'an from a variety of perspectives, from traditional exegesis to hermeneutics, critical theory, and cultural analysis, drawing fresh and contemporary lessons from the Sacred Text. He also examines what the Qur'an says about such contemporary topics as power and politics, rights of women, suicide, domestic violence, sex, homosexuality, the veil, freedom of expression, and evolution. Ziauddin Sardar opens a new window on this remarkable Sacred Text, in a book that will engage all devout Muslims and will interest anyone curious about the Qur'an and Islam today.

Qur'an and Woman

Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective

Author: Amina Wadud

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198029434

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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Fourteen centuries of Islamic thought have produced a legacy of interpretive readings of the Qu'ran written almost entirely by men. Now, with Qu'ran and Woman, Amina Wadud provides a first interpretive reading by a woman, a reading which validates the female voice in the Qu'ran and brings it out of the shadows. Muslim progressives have long argued that it is not the religion but patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qu'ran that have kept women oppressed. For many, the way to reform is the reexamination and reinterpretation of religious texts. Qu'ran and Woman contributes a gender inclusive reading to one of the most fundamental disciplines in Islamic thought, Qu'ranic exegesis. Wadud breaks down specific texts and key words which have been used to limit women's public and private role, even to justify violence toward Muslim women, revealing that their original meaning and context defy such interpretations. What her analysis clarifies is the lack of gender bias, precedence, or prejudice in the essential language of the Qur'an. Despite much Qu'ranic evidence about the significance of women, gender reform in Muslim society has been stubbornly resisted. Wadud's reading of the Qu'ran confirms women's equality and constitutes legitimate grounds for contesting the unequal treatment that women have experienced historically and continue to experience legally in Muslim communities. The Qu'ran does not prescribe one timeless and unchanging social structure for men and women, Wadud argues lucidly, affirming that the Qu'ran holds greater possibilities for guiding human society to a more fulfilling and productive mutual collaboration between men and women than as yet attained by Muslims or non-Muslims.

The Art of Reciting the Qur'an

Author: Kristina Nelson

Publisher: American Univ in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9789774245947

Category: Religion

Page: 246

View: 5837

For the Muslim faithful, the familiar sound of the Qur'anic recitation is the predominant and most immediate means of contact with the Word of God. Heard day and night, on the street, in taxis, in shops, in mosques, and in homes, the sound of recitation is far more than the pervasive background music of daily life in the Arab world. It is the core of religious devotion, the sanctioning spirit of much cultural and social life, and a valued art form in its own right. Participation in recitation, as reciter or listener, is itself an act of worship, for the sound is basic to a Muslim's sense of religion and invokes a set of meanings transcending the particular occasion. For the most part, Westerners have approached the Qur'an much as scriptural scholars have studied the Bible, as a collection of written texts. The Art of Reciting the Qur'an aims at redirecting that focus toward a deeper understanding of the Qur'an as a fundamentally oral phenomenon. Focusing on the Egyptian context, and examining Muslim attitudes toward the Qur'an, the institutions that regulate its recitation, and performer-audience expectations and interaction. Kristina Nelson, a trained Arabist and musicologist, casts new light on the significance of Qur'anic recitation within the world of Islam today. This new edition of a landmark study, with a new postscript, will be welcomed by all scholars and students of the modern Middle East, as well as by ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, linguists, folklorists, and religious scholars. ''This is an important book--a book of cultural translation in the best sense of the word: it translates meaning.'' --Regula Burckhardt Qureshi, Ethnomusicology ''Quite simply, the book changes the way one understands the Qur'an, and it changes the way one listens.'' --Philip D. Schuyler, MESA Bulletin

Islam in the World Today

A Handbook of Politics, Religion, Culture, and Society

Author: Werner Ende,Udo Steinbach

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801464897

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 729

Considered the most authoritative single-volume reference work on Islam in the contemporary world, the German-language Der Islam in der Gegenwart, currently in its fifth edition, offers a wealth of authoritative information on the religious, political, social, and cultural life of Islamic nations and of Islamic immigrant communities elsewhere. Now, Cornell University Press is making this invaluable resource accessible to English-language readers. More current than the latest German edition on which it is based, Islam in the World Today covers a comprehensive array of topics in concise essays by some of the world's leading experts on Islam, including: • the history of Islam from the earliest years through the twentieth century, with particular attention to Sunni and Shi'i Islam and Islamic revival movements during the last three centuries; • data on the advance of Islam along with current population statistics; • Muslim ideas on modern economics, on social order, and on attempts to modernize Islamic law (shari'a) and apply it in contemporary Muslim societies; • Islam in diaspora, especially the situation in Europe and America; • secularism, democracy, and human rights; and • women in Islam Twenty-four essays are each devoted to a specific Muslim country or a country with significant Muslim minorities, spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. Additional essays illuminate Islamic culture, exploring local traditions; the languages and dialects of Muslim peoples; and art, architecture, and literature. Detailed bibliographies and indexes ensure the book's usefulness as a reference work.

Islam Through Western Eyes

From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism

Author: Jonathan Lyons

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231528140

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 9809

Despite the West's growing involvement in Muslim societies, conflicts, and cultures, its inability to understand or analyze the Islamic world threatens any prospect for East–West rapprochement. Impelled by one thousand years of anti-Muslim ideas and images, the West has failed to engage in any meaningful or productive way with the world of Islam. Formulated in the medieval halls of the Roman Curia and courts of the European Crusaders and perfected in the newsrooms of Fox News and CNN, this anti-Islamic discourse determines what can and cannot be said about Muslims and their religion, trapping the West in a dangerous, dead-end politics that it cannot afford. In Islam Through Western Eyes, Jonathan Lyons unpacks Western habits of thinking and writing about Islam, conducting a careful analysis of the West's grand totalizing narrative across one thousand years of history. He observes the discourse's corrosive effects on the social sciences, including sociology, politics, philosophy, theology, international relations, security studies, and human rights scholarship. He follows its influence on research, speeches, political strategy, and government policy, preventing the West from responding effectively to its most significant twenty-first-century challenges: the rise of Islamic power, the emergence of religious violence, and the growing tension between established social values and multicultural rights among Muslim immigrant populations. Through the intellectual "archaeology" of Michel Foucault, Lyons reveals the workings of this discourse and its underlying impact on our social, intellectual, and political lives. He then addresses issues of deep concern to Western readers—Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam and women—and proposes new ways of thinking about the Western relationship to the Islamic world.

Qur'an: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Author: Oxford University Press

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199804184

Category: Social Science

Page: 36

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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In Islamic studies, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of the Islamic religion and Muslim cultures. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit

Major Themes of the Qur'an

Second Edition

Author: Fazlur Rahman,Ebrahim Moosa

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226702863

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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Major Themes of the Qur’an is Fazlur Rahman’s introduction to one of the richest texts in the history of religious thought. In this classic work, Rahman unravels the Qur’an’s complexities on themes such as God, society, revelation, and prophecy with the deep attachment of a Muslim educated in Islamic schools and the clarity of a scholar who taught for decades in the West. “Generations of scholars have profited from [Rahman’s] pioneering scholarly work by taking the questions he raised and the directions he outlined to new destinations.”--Ebrahim Moosa, from his new foreword “The religious future of Islam and the future of interfaith relationship . . . will be livelier and saner for the sort of Quranic centrality which Major Themes of the Qur’an exemplifies and serves.”--Kenneth Cragg, Middle East Journal “There shines through [a] rare combination of balanced scholarly judgment and profound personal commitment. . . . [Rahman is] eager to open up the mysteries of the Qur’an to a shrinking world sorely in need of both moral regeneration and better mutual understanding.”--Patrick D. Gaffney, Journal of Religion “I can’t think of any book more important, still, than Major Themes of the Qur’an.”--Michael Sells, author of Approaching the Qur’an

A History of Islamic Societies

Author: Ira M. Lapidus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521779333

Category: History

Page: 970

View: 7583

An accessible worldwide history of Muslim societies provides updated coverage of each country and region, in a volume that discusses their origins and evolution while offering insight into historical processes that shaped contemporary Islam and surveying its growing influence. Simultaneous. (Social Science)

Die Botschaft des Koran

Übersetzung und Kommentar

Author: Muhammad Asad

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783843601092


Page: 1262

View: 5078


Das Leben Mohammeds

Author: Mohammed Ibn Ishak

Publisher: SEVERUS Verlag

ISBN: 3863471873


Page: 128

View: 802

Das Leben Mohammeds" von Ibn Ishak gilt als die erste Biographie des gro en islamischen Propheten. Der Autor verfasste sie im 8. Jahrhundert - etwa einhundert Jahre nach Mohammeds Tod. Wiederentdeckt und redigiert wurde sie von Ibn Hisham; bersetzt von Gustav Weil. Ibn Ishak gelingt ein menschliches Bild des Propheten, ohne die ihn umwehenden Wunder zu entzaubern. Nebenbei erf hrt der Leser viel Wissenswertes ber die Geburtstunde des islamischen Glaubens und dessen Siegeszug in Arabien. F r diese Ausgabe des Werkes wurde der Text aufw ndig aus Frakturschrift in moderne Schrift bertragen und behutsam lektoriert.

A Companion to Muslim Cultures

Author: Amyn B. Sajoo

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857735217

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 437

Culture shapes every aspect of the relationship between God and the believer in Islam - as well as among believers, and with those beyond the fold. Fasts, prayers and pilgrimages are attuned to social rhythms old and new, no less than the designs of mosques and public gardens, the making of ‘religious’ music, and ways of thinking about technology and wellbeing. Ancient deserts and modern urban landscapes may echo with the same call for transcendence, but in voices that emerge from very different everyday realities. Scripture itself, as the Prophet Muhammad knew, is ever seen through a cultural lens; both language and what it communicates are intimately tied to context. And the cosmopolitanism that runs through Muslim history from the outset recalls T.S. Eliot’s remark that culture is ‘that which makes life worth living’. It frames how the deepest religious values are understood and practiced, from modesty in adornment and solidarity with the underprivileged, to integrity and accountability in political life. Muslims have never been content with a passive separation of faith from their daily lives, whether public or private. What are the implications of this holistic view in a diverse world of Muslims and non-Muslims? How do core ethical values interface with the particulars of local cultures in all their complexity, especially when it comes to matters like the status of women and the scope of individual religious freedom? The answers - at a time when secular and Muslim identities appear to be locked in conflict- are explored in this Companion by some of today’s finest scholars.

A New Introduction to Islam

Author: Daniel W. Brown

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444357727

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 2156

The second edition of this student-friendly textbook explores the origins, major features and lasting influence of the Islamic tradition. Traces the development of Muslim beliefs and practices against the background of social and cultural contexts extending from North Africa to South and Southeast Asia Fully revised for the second edition, with completely new opening and closing chapters considering key issues facing Islam in the 21st century Focuses greater attention on everyday practices, the role of women in Muslim societies, and offers additional material on Islam in America Includes detailed chronologies, tables summarizing key information, useful maps and diagrams, and many more illustrations

The Legacy of Muslim Spain

Author: Salma Khadra Jayyusi,Manuela Marín

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004095991

Category: History

Page: 1

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The civilisation of medieval Muslim Spain is perhaps the most brilliant and prosperous of its age and has been essential to the direction which civilisation in medieval Europe took. This volume is the first ever in any language to deal in a really comprehensive manner with all major aspects of Islamic civilisation in medieval Spain.