Introducing the Qur'an: For Today's Reader

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Award-winning professor John Kaltner's new work offers a general introduction and orientation to the Qur'an. It surveys the origin, structure, contents, study, and use of Islam's sacred text. Offering selective rather than comprehensive coverage, the work allows for discussion and analysis of specific themes and issues of interest to modern readers.

Following an introduction that describes and situates how the Qur'an is both studied and experienced, Kaltner's book takes up the following themes by chapter to foster a contemporary understanding and appreciation of the Qur'an: the natural environment, Muslim life, gender and sexuality, non-Muslims and the Other, jihad, war and peace, and life after death. Significant passages from the Qur'an are identified and analyzed, with a special focus on how modern scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, understand them. Kaltner intersperses his book with numerous photographs and textboxes to emphasize and highlight important elements of the Qur'an, its history, and its relevance to contemporary life.

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John Kaltner is Virginia Ballou McGehee Professor of Muslim-Christian Relations at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Among his other works is Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know (Fortress, Facets, 2003). He is coauthor of What Do Our Neighbors Believe? Questions and Answers on Judaism, Christianity and Islam (2007).

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" Accessivle, timely, informative--a valuable introduction to the Qur'an" --Joan E. Cook, Professorial Lecturer, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

"This splendid book introduces the Qur'an to the curious and the serious. Kaltner's book is enjoyable read straight through or used as a reference, and it answers many of the questions I had about the Qur' an, even some I hadn't yet thought of. Kaltner's treatment of religious differences is characterized by sensitivity and tolerance. This will be the first place I turn to get basic information about the Qur'an." --Professor David Penchansky, Department of Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

"This splendid book introduces the Qur'an to the curious and the serious. Kaltner's book is enjoyable read straight through or used as a reference, and it answers many of the questions I had about the Qur' an, even some I hadn't yet thought of. Kaltner's treatment of religious differences is characterized by sensitivity and tolerance. This will be the first place I turn to get basic information about the Qur'an." --Professor David Penchansky, Department of Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

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