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The Koran has constituted a remarkably strong core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. This Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture. Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the Koran as codex, as scripture, as liturgy, and as the embodiment of truth, and examines its means of formation and dissemination. He also discusses issues of interpretation for certain key verses, demonstrating that fecundity of the text for readers throughout the world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192853448
ISBN-10: 0192853449
Format: Paperback
(179mm x 113mm x 12mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Michael Cook

Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Princeton. His publications include the Past Master on Muhammad.

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