The Qur’an is the sacred book of Islam. In the view of Muslims it speaks to all humanity (not just those who believe) but its message is often hard to grasp. Its unconventional structure makes it unlike any other book and its 114 suras (chapters) are not arranged in chronological order but according to their length. Its literary style is considered by Arabic speakers to be neither prose nor verse but something unique.
Muslims have been wrestling with the meaning of the verses and words of the Qur’an from the early days of Islam. Non-Muslims, meanwhile, often have wildly inaccurate notions of its content. These arguments and misconceptions are played out daily on the threads of Comment is free.
Through Blogging the Qur’an, the authors hope to try and untangle some of those meanings and misconceptions. Over the course of this year, Ziauddin Sardar – writer, broadcaster and cultural critic – will blog the book, verse by verse and theme by theme. There are plenty of theological forums on the internet where the Qur’an is discussed in great detail; our hope is this non-theological exercise will illuminate and inform the political and cultural discussions that take place day in and day out about the role of Islam in world affairs.
If the Qur’an is the source of the religion, then going back to the book should help all those who want to know more. To that end, Guardian writer Madeleine Bunting will help frame each week’s discussion by putting the questions to Zia that non-Muslims in particular struggle with when trying to understand Islam.
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