The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia

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Oliver Leaman
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Reference - 771 pages
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A RUSA 2007 Outstanding Reference Title

The Qur'an is the source of inspiration for one of the world's major religions, followed today by over a billion people. It plays a central role in Islam and ever since it appeared fourteen hundred years ago has been the subject of intense debate. Some of this has been carried out by Muslims and some by those hostile or indifferent to Islam, producing a very wide range of views.

Authored by forty-three international experts, the objective of The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia is to present this diversity of thought, approach and school without priority, in order to give a strong appreciation of the range of response that the text has provoked throughout its history and providing students and researchers with a powerful one-volume resource covering all aspects of the text and its reception.

Islam and the Qur'an are much in the news today and there is a public debate going on in which things are said about the Qur'an without much knowledge or understanding of the book. Every effort has been made to help the reader use the Encyclopedia as an investigative tool in Quranic studies. The volume assumes no previous knowledge of the Qur'an, Islam or Arabic. Technical terms are explained in the text itself and the style of each entry is designed to be as self-contained as possible. Entries are cross-referenced and many include a brief bibliography. At the end of the work there is a substantial annotated bibliography providing a detailed guide to the most significant books, journals and articles in Qur'anic Studies. There is a full index.

The readership will include those seeking basic information on the Qur'an, however the substantial number of longer entries means that it will also be used by specialists.

 

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Page 215 statement of 'the angels objected to bow because adam was created of
Mud',
The author has made the error at this important fact which the Quran revealed,
It should be said as translated
in english , Allah commands the Angels to bow
To Adam except IBLIS he was not of the prostrators. The cursed one in the company of the angels was satan himself and Allah reveals he was from the jinn kind.
Facts of Angels they are created of purpose to worship the almighty, they do not have free will and also they cannot go against command of Allah. They are created from element of light( nur)
Facts of jinn they have free will created before mankind and second after the angels
They are created from smokeless tip of the fire. As iblis did not bow he was an outcast the accursed shaitan , and declared by Allah he is your enemy mankind.
The reason of his rebellious nature :-)
He had pride
He was created from fire a stronger element ,as man is created from clay
He spent worship in company of angels in time and space unknown to mankind
Cited from The glorious Quran translated by late Abdullah yusuf Ali.
 

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About the author (2006)

Oliver Leaman is Professor of Philosophy and Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy (2001), Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy (1995), and is editor of Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy ( 2001) and Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film (2001). He is co-editor, with Glennys Howarth, of Encyclopedia of Death and Dying (2001).

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