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God in the Qur'an / Jack Miles.

Miles, Jack, 1942- author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780307269577
  • ISBN: 0307269574
  • Physical Description: 241 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Foreword: Of God, religion, and the violence of sacred scripture -- Adam and his wife -- Adam's son and his brother -- Noah -- Abraham and his father -- Abraham and his sons -- Joseph -- Moses -- Jesus and his mother -- Afterword: on the Qurʼan as the word of God -- Appendix: Of satan and the afterlife in the Bible and the Qurʼan.
Summary, etc.: Who is Allah? What makes Him unique? And what does He ask of those who submit to His teachings? The God of the Qur'an revises and perfects: His purpose is to make whole what had been corrupted or lost from the practices and scriptures of the earlier Abrahamic religions. Setting passages from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur'an side by side, Miles illuminates what is unique about Allah, His teachings and His temperament, and in doing so revises that which is false, distorted, or simply absent from our conception of the heart of Islam. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2
    *Starred Review* Miles concludes a curious trilogy, begun with God: A Biography (1995) and continued in Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God (2001), on God as a literary creation in the three narratives in which he is the principal character: the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur'an. Since Islam's central book presents itself as the last word on God, which corrects the errors of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, Miles uses comparison to evoke the finished character of God that the Qur'an presents. He accords a keenly interesting, incisive chapter each to the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark, Abraham and his father, Abraham and his sons (Ishmael and Jacob), Joseph, Moses, and, finally, Jesus and his mother. In each, biblical and Qur'anic versions are juxtaposed to bring out, in particular, how Allah differs from Yahweh or Elohim (the two principal biblical names of God). What ultimately arises, though Miles doesn't assert it triumphantly, is a portrait of Allah that convincingly establishes why, every time he is invoked in the Qur'an (as well as in speech by Muslims), he is called the most merciful, the lord of mercy, and similar epithets. The appendix on Satan and everlasting life in the Bible and Qur'an increases the value of this illuminating critique. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Qurʼan > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
God (Islam)
God (Islam)
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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