Approaching the Qurʼán : the early revelations / introduced and translated by Michael Sells.

Sells, Michael Anthony [Browse]
2nd ed.
Ashland, Or. : White Cloud Press, 2007.
xv, 236 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)


Summary note
Approaching the Qur'án is a major event in religious publishing. Professor Michael Sells has captured the complexity, power, and poetry of the early suras of the Qur'án, the sacred scripture of Islam. Approaching the Qur'án presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic chapters, or suras, associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. Most of these early revelations appear at the end of the written text and are commonly reached only by the most resolute reader of existing English translations. These suras contain some of the most powerful prophetic and revelatory passages in religious history. They offer the vision of a meaningful and just life that anchors the religion of one-fifth of the world's inhabitants. Approaching the Qur'án is enriched by the inclusion of a compact disc recording of Quranic reciters chanting several of the early suras, allowing readers an opportunity to hear the Qur'án in its original form. The book includes Sells' 'Introduction to the Qur'án', commentaries of the suras, a glossary of technical terms, and chapters discussing the sound nature and gender aspects of the Arabic text.
  • "Includes audio CD of Qurʼán reciters"--Cover.
  • Accompanying compact disc contains the recitation of the call to prayer and six suras.
  • Track list (p. 233-234).
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 224-232).
Action note
Committed to retain in perpetuity — ReCAP Shared Collection (HUL)
  • Approaching the Qurʼán
  • Glossary of Arabic terms
  • The early Suras with commentary
  • The Sura of the compassionate
  • Hearing the Qur'an : the call to prayer and six Suras
  • Sound, spirit, and gender in the Qur'an.
Other title(s)
  • Qurʼán
  • Qurʼan. Selections. English.
  • 9781883991692 (pbk.)
  • 1883991692 (pbk.)
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