God in the Qur'an

God in the Qur'an Review

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography, an erudite, hugely informative portrait of the God of Islam, the world's second largest, fastest-growing, and perhaps most tragically misunderstood religion.

Who is Allah? What makes Him unique? And what does He ask of those who submit to His teachings? In the spirit of his Pulitzer Prize-winning God, a trailblazing "biography" of the protagonist of the Old Testament, and Christ, his brilliant portrait of biblical Jesus, acclaimed religious scholar Jack Miles undertakes to answer these questions with his characteristic perspicacity, intelligence, and command of the subject. Miles depicts a "character" less mercurial than Yahweh, less ready to forgive than Christ, and yet emphatically part of their traditions. God in the Qur'an revises and perfects: His purpose is to make whole what had been corrupted or lost from the practices and scriptures of the earlier Abrahamic religions. Setting passages from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur'an side by side, Miles illuminates what is unique about Allah, His teachings and His temperament, and in doing so revises that which is false, distorted, or simply absent from our conception of the heart of Islam. Miles writes, "I hope [that by reading this book] you may find it a little easier to trust the Muslim next door, thinking of him as someone whose religion, after all, may not be so wildly unreasonable that someone holding to it could not be a trusted friend."

Title:God in the Qur'an
Edition Language:English

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  • Pearl

    Who is God? That seems to be the question Jack Miles attempts to discover, not by presenting his own views but by examining the sacred scriptures of each of the three great monotheistic religions. Pre...

  • Michael

    A must read....

  • Edward

    Miles, a committed Christian, is not interested in finding the God of the Qur'an better or worse, more or less truthful, than the God of the Bible; rather, as he writes in the foreword, he comes at th...

  • Rod

    Jack Miles says he wrote this book--following the example of C.S. Lewis--because it was a book that he would want to read that no one had written yet. He (along with John Shelby Spong and Bart Ehrman)...

  • Anthony Cleveland

    I thought I was going to find this book interesting and I did. However, the best parts were the “forword” and “afterword” by the author, Jack Miles. The actual content of the book, I.e. God in...

  • Daniel Kukwa

    I enjoyed this book, in particular the examinations of the differences involving the stories of Satan & Noah. However, I found that it approaches its main idea of comparing the God of the Qur'an to th...

  • Scott Pierce

    A good read for anyone interested in comparative religions, and Miles seems to do a nice job considering the pros and cons of the major religions in a fair manner, with a focus on how God is depicted ...

  • Christine Sopko

    A in-depth comparison between the Qur'an, Torah, and bible. It was okay to read. I am not a scholar though and needed quicker side by side comparisons and summaries. However I liked the comparison on ...

  • Jay

    Decent overview of major common characters, but presents a contrast instead of any argument. ...