Allah God in the Qur’an Gabriel Said Reynolds

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
14 Apr 2020
ISBN:
9780300246582
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
336 pages: 210 x 140mm
Sales territories:
World

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The central figure of the Qur’an is not Muhammad but Allah. The Qur’an, Islam’s sacred scripture, is marked above all by its call to worship Allah, and Allah alone. Yet who is the God of the Qur’an? What distinguishes the qur’anic presentation of God from that of the Bible?

In this illuminating study, Gabriel Reynolds depicts a god of both mercy and vengeance, one who transcends simple classification. He is personal and mysterious; no limits can be placed on his mercy. Remarkably, the Qur’an is open to God’s salvation of both sinners and unbelievers. At the same time, Allah can lead humans astray, so all are called to a disposition of piety and fear. Allah, in other words, is a dynamic and personal God. This eye-opening book provides a unique portrait of the God of the Qur’an.

Gabriel Said Reynolds is professor of Islamic studies and theology at Notre Dame and the author of The Qur'an and the Bible. He lives in Granger, IN.

"An objective and nuanced portrayal of Allah. Understanding His seemingly paradoxical attributes is crucial to mapping out the powerful religious energy Islam has introduced into human history.”—Mustafa Akyol, author of The Islamic Jesus
 


"A masterful examination of the Qur'anic conception of God--Allah--with illuminating comparisons to the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels, and rich insights into many aspects of the Islamic tradition as it deals with the Qur'an."—Fred M. Donner, author of Muhammad and the Believers