The Koran

  • by Michael Cook
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Koran has constituted a remarkably resilient core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its 15th century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the Koran, both in the modern world and in that of traditional Islam.He gives vivid accounts of its role in Muslim civilization, illustrates the diversity of interpretations championed by traditional and modern commentators, discusses the processes by which the book took shape, and compares it to other scriptures and classics of the historic cultures of Eurasia.


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A little beyond an introduction

Coming to this already having a good overview of Islamic theology and history I found this a helpful and interesting closer look at the Koran itself. It was beyond me in parts and quite technical and without having an existing overview would have found it hard to follow. His dry sarcastic humour was quite likeable although some m ay find it inappropriate. He seems to have a warmer attitude to Islam than to Christianity to which he from time to time draws comparisons and to which he seems quite happy to quote without nuance and takes certain theories of higher criticism as absolute facts. Beyond his introduction itself he gives plenty of quotation of sources with which someone could study further. Overall I would recommend this for people with at least some existing knowledge of the Koran
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios