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  • Published: 22 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780307389947
  • Imprint: Vintage USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $35.00

God in the Qur'an




From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography, an erudite, hugely informative portrait of the God of Islam, the world's second largest, fastest-growing, and perhaps most tragically misunderstood religion.

Who is Allah? What makes Him unique? And what does He ask of those who submit to His teachings? In the spirit of his Pulitzer Prize-winning God, a trailblazing "biography" of the protagonist of the Old Testament, and Christ--a brilliant portrait of biblical Jesus, acclaimed religious scholar Jack Miles undertakes to answer these questions. Miles introduces us to a "character" less mercurial than Yahweh, less contrarian than Christ, and yet emphatically part of their traditions. 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. "I hope," Miles writes, "[that by reading this book] you may find it a little easier to trust the Muslim next door, thinking of him or her as someone whose religion, after all, may not be so wildly unreasonable that someone holding to it could not be a trusted friend."

  • Published: 22 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780307389947
  • Imprint: Vintage USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Jack Miles

The author of God: A Biography, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, Jack Miles is a former Jesuit. He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at Harvard, and has lectured at various American universities, including the California Institute of Technology.

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