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What is new in the Qur’an? What was the nature of the Qur’anic revelation? Was the Qur’an the product of the mind of Muhammad or the influence of Jewish or Christian teachings? Was it the creation of Arabia or of other religious traditions from the Near and Middle East? And how was the Qur’anic message transmitted: by the sword or by persuasion?
The Qur’an is understood by Muslims and non-Muslims alike as the source and fountainhead of Islam. But very few non-Muslims (and surprisingly few Muslims) have a real understanding of the nature and historical background of the revelations which came to the Prophet Muhammad.
Introduction to the Qur’an sets out the fundamental principles of the Qur’an and its much misunderstood and misquoted teachings. The distinguished Islamic scholar M. A. Draz, one of the Muslim world’s most erudite authorities of the twentieth century, examines Qur’anic instruction on women, polygamy, war, faith, Judaism,Christianity and the many other issues on which the Qur’an pronounces. The author emphasizes the continuity of monotheistic doctrine and ethics through Judaism, Christianity and Islam in this ideal starting point to an appreciation ofwhat lies at the core of Muslim life and belief.