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May he be ruined too!

Neither his wealth nor his gains will help him: Islam is perfectly compatible with everything modern, even though there are tons of people out there violently protesting against it, women are perfectly equal, etc. It's beyond apologetic, it's a utopia with no basis in reality. It's the same old story of ''only defensive wars'' during the life of the Prophet, perhaps without explaining how Muslims ''defended'' themselves all the way into Al-Andalus, even under the ''rightly guided caliphs''.

I don't even condemn it, I just want to understand the justifications and how the religion is seen to be compatible with it. I understand this isn't a history book, but you can't ''understand'' anything if you don't allow at least a small insight into the reality of the religion and its manifestations.

I've read Haleem's translation of the Qur'an, and that also plays a massive part in this work. A vast section of every chapter is used for semantic debate and translation errors of previous translators, which are really only insightful if you've read these other translations. All in all, I'm perfectly aware of the fact that Mr. Haleem is far more qualified on every word in the Qur'an than I am, and that his opinion on it carries infinitely more weight, but it's just that when I read ''Understanding the Qur'an'' I didn't expect this much ''How I understand the Qur'an''.

I suppose I'll go read Ibn Taymiyyah myself to see where all these beautifully peaceful messages seem to get so distorted.

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Basically, it's a short read, but I still don't think it's worth the time. Read the Qur'an, read the Hadith, talk to Muslims, and most of it should be pretty clear to you.

Feb 03, Miranti rated it it was ok Shelves: But as it reach towards the end, seems to me that the material gets harder to understand and wasn't on the same level as the previous chapters. For example, in chapter 12 Ar-Rahman. I was expecting more about insights, was okay with the linguistic background, but for some reason it comes off too technical that I ended up losing the big picture of w Honestly I kind of enjoyed half parts of the book, especially chapter 4 Marriage and Divorce to 8 Paradise in The Qur'an and 10 Adam and Eve.

I was expecting more about insights, was okay with the linguistic background, but for some reason it comes off too technical that I ended up losing the big picture of what the chapter is trying to say. More so in chapter Sorry to say, but the explanation gets really tedious that I find it hard to finish. It's not about the content, more about the delivery.

Could have given more stars if it could keep my interest better until the end.

Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Styles by Muhammad A.S. Abdel Haleem

Anyway, many lessons can be taken from this book. It clears up many misconceptions, although not gonna answer every question. This book might be easier to understand if you have intermediate knowledge of Arabic Language. I have had this book sitting on my shelf since so I am glad to have finally finished reading it. I can't say that I found this book riveting all the way through; I did need to really motivate myself to get through some of the chapters, especially the last two which I ended up skim-reading. It was goo I have had this book sitting on my shelf since so I am glad to have finally finished reading it.

It was good for me to have Ramadan as a reason to motivate myself to read this, although I don't think I'll be picking it up again anytime soon: This book was quite a disappointment and I had to scan through most of it as it was literally This was not about "Themes and Style" of the Qu'ran. It was more so his cherry picking on certain topics that he wanted to go on and on and on about, for no reason. He was also very apologist in his writing in regard to any criticism of the Qu'ran as if there is no legitimate concerns on the accuracy of some of the texts. I do prefer his translation of the Qu'ran to some of the more popula This book was quite a disappointment and I had to scan through most of it as it was literally I do prefer his translation of the Qu'ran to some of the more popular versions such as Yusuf Abdullah Ali The KJV of Qu'ran translations but he either rushed this book to print and missed a wealth of actually helpful information or he just likes to talk about points that actually have no value.

Either way, 2 stars for the information in the book that can actually be of use. This book pinpoints a couple of interesting themes and styles in the Quran.


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Throughout the book, comparisons are made to the Bible in some relatively interesting ways. There is a heavy focus on Arabic grammar throughout the Quran and it's importance. The author also compares his own translation of the Quran to many others and breaks down some of the inaccuracies in popular translations that exist today. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a little dry at times, but it's not exactly easy to keep This book pinpoints a couple of interesting themes and styles in the Quran. It was a little dry at times, but it's not exactly easy to keep perfect attention with an in depth discussion on Arabic grammar and exegeses.

The main themes of water, life after death, war and peace, etc are well written and worth a look in my opinion. This book, as the subtitle suggests, divides commentary on the Qur'an into different themes. For my class, I closely read the chapters on the judgment and the afterlife on the one on marriage and divorce, and I very much appreciated the way Haleem groups together passages from the Qur'an and related hadith within these categories.

It very much aided my understanding. I anticipate turning to this book when I have questions about a particular theme as I explore the Qur'an on my own now that my cla This book, as the subtitle suggests, divides commentary on the Qur'an into different themes.

Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Styles

I anticipate turning to this book when I have questions about a particular theme as I explore the Qur'an on my own now that my class is over. Sep 18, Husna rated it liked it. A good introductory work overall, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking for a more complex treatment of the subject.

While the selection of themes is interesting, the writing gets overtly and unnecessarily apologetic at times. A broad sweep of the surface rather than an impressive and profound analysis.


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  6. A very well-written overlook on the Qur'an as it is to be understood. Haleem does a good job of not just stressing but showing the uniqueness and character of the Qur'an and showing its textual relation with the Holy Bible. Excellent Islam material; highly recommendable. Nov 03, Elizabeth rated it did not like it Shelves: May 15, Zahrah Awaleh rated it really liked it. Great book on a wide selection of topics. Good intro for anyone interested in the text, themes, rhetoric, etc.

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    If you would like to place an order before 17th December , please email mail ibtauris. The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent themes - life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment - and for the first time sets these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style.

    Professor Haleem examines the background to the development of the surahs chapters and the ayahs verses and the construction of the Qur'an itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an. His major new English translation of the Qur'an, with parallel Arabic text, was published in