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The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life
Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys
  • Ingrid Mattson

The Story of the Qur’an begins with an accessible account of the origins of the Qur’an that places Muhammad, the Muslim holy book, and the first adherents to Islam in historical context. Ingrid Mattson, a professor of Islamic studies, uses translated passages from the Qur’an, as well as scholarly sources and stories from the time of Muhammad, to give readers a sense of the language, imagery, and rhythm of the Qur’an. Mattson also explains how the Qur’an has been transmitted both as recitation and scripture, “the voice and the pen,” from Islam’s formative days to the present. She describes the Qur’an’s role in Muslim culture and daily life, and provides a guide to its traditions and sources of interpretation, cautioning casual readers and others who might pull verses out of context to take care in trying to ascertain what all Muslims believe or are mandated to do.

Publication Date
Blackwell Publishing
Document Type
  • Muslim Journeys,
  • Qur'an,
  • History,
  • Muslim life,
  • Muhammad,
  • Recitation,
  • Scripture,
  • Interpretation
Citation Information
Ingrid Mattson. The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life. Malden, MA(2008)
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