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Structure and Qur'anic Interpretation: A Study of Symmetry and Coherence in Islam's Holy Text

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The Qur'an, Islam's holy book, is widely misunderstood because it is a difficult book to engage. The Qur'an is not written as a straightforward narrative like the Christian Gospels but is composed of discontinuous revelations that are often unclear in placing in an overall context. Structure and Qur’anic Interpretation, aimed both at readers familiar with the Qur’an and at ...more
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Published September 16th 2014 by White Cloud Press (first published July 15th 2014)
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Arman Firman
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First I rated it 4, but upon a second reading, I think it deserves a 5
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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One of the books that you can use to read the Quran in order to understand it’s structure. Not just what he has mentioned by the methodology that he uses when studying a Surah of Quran.

Moreover, Raymond’s work should be taken to the next step by further research and studying of Quran. Ustad Nouman Ali Khan is one of the major figures in our time who is researching more on this subject.
Nadeen Alsulaimi
It summarizes different approaches to the Quran in term of its structure and coherence and combines between the rhetorical approach developed by Cuypers and the pair idea developed by Islahi and Cuypers! It provides an analysis of different examples like sura 2,3 as complementing each other and resembling one another in structure, themes, and the number of sections. Very good book in explaining the correlation of the suras and modern methods and studies of the Quran's coherence. ...more
Ola Madhour
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An intelligent reading of Quranic structure and a commendable effort at showing how God's speech reconciles the complexity of thought and structure with the simplicity of love and mercy. I particularly liked Farrin's interpretation of the "seven of the mathani" (15:87) and his reading of surat Al-Rahman (55). ...more
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Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A prominent feature of Qur'anic poetic structure is chiasmus. Farrin goes super in depth exploring chiasmus within surahs, between juxtaposed surahs, among groups of a few surahs, and the structure of the Qur'an as a whole. It's eminently clear the Qur'an has a unique structure, constantly calling attention to the focal point in the middle of each chiastic instance.

Farrin proposes that al Fatiha consists of six proper verses, reflecting symmetry with the final two chapters of the Qur'an which bo
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Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Raymond adds a contemporary work to the growing body of Quran exegesis, adding to earlier theories of the Quran's symmetrical structure. Farrin manages to be precise without getting too lost in the terminology, specific to the study of the Quran. The book is much more accessible to a wider audience not least due to its complete lack of the different surahs' original Arabic. While making for a more enjoyable read for the non-Arabic speaking readership, certain claims regarding specific words' or ...more
Saqib Qureshi
Interesting ideas without robust research

Many of the themes are interesting but unsubstantiated. For instance, the assertions around the compilation of the Quran fly flat in the face of contemporary academia
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