What the Qurʼan Meant and Why It Matters

What the Qurʼan Meant and Why It Matters

Book - 2017
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In this book Wills, as a non-Muslim with an open mind, reads the Qur'an with sympathy but with rigor, trying to discover why other non-Muslims - like Pope Francis - find it an inspiring book, worthy to guide people down through the centuries. There are many traditions that add to and distort and blunt the actual words of the text. What Wills does resembles the work of art restorers who clean away accumulated layers of dust to find the original meaning.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2017]
ISBN: 9781101981023
Branch Call Number: 297.1226 WIL
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 05, 2018

There's a lot to be learned from Gary Wills' book, especially about the commonalities between the Torah, the Bible, and the Quran. The book stands as an powerful rebuttal to the hysteria and resulting Quran bans in the U.S.. For one thing, Will lays out the importance given in the Quran to numerous prophets, including to Jesus.
That said, one gets the impression that Wills is leaning over backwards at times to smooth over contentious matters such as Muslim women required to wear a headscarf even though a growing number today are simply making a political statement with the headscarf. Likewise with the real disadvantages within marriage for many Muslim women. I'd hoped he would treat "Talak, talak, talak" but instead he goes on at length to show how the Quran empowers married women.

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