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Major Themes of the Qur'an

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Major Themes of the Qur’an is Fazlur Rahman’s introduction to one of the richest texts in the history of religious thought. In this classic work, Rahman unravels the Qur’an’s complexities on themes such as God, society, revelation, and prophecy with the deep attachment of a Muslim educated in Islamic schools and the clarity of a scholar who taught for decades in the West.


Paperback, 180 pages
Published April 1st 1980 by Bibliotheca Islamica (first published 1979)
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'Izzat Radzi
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, islam, quran
Bagus, dan sangat disarankan kepada muslimin muslimat sekalian untuk baca.
Bahkan, boleh disyorkan (pada pandangan saya) kepada yang belum islam.

Pun begitu, berhati-hati kerana ada beberapa tempat penulis merujuk kepada ibn Ishaq, yang periwayatannya boleh dipertikai dan diragui.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author in my opinion is a gifted scholar and I was impressed by the way he presented the major themes of the Quran and they are:
1) God
2) Man as Individual
3) Man in Society
4) Nature
5) Prophethood and Revelation
6) Eschatology
7) Satan and Evil
8) Emergence of The Muslim Community
The only disappointment was when he says and I qoute: "The Qur’ān will tolerate strongman rule only as a temporary arrangement if people are immature, for how can a society whose people remain immature produce matur
Nazmul Hasan
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islamic
A great thematic overview of the quran unlike any book written in the English language. Dr. Rahman writes with an astute clarity and a sharp pen, and he assumes the reader can follow along. Each of the ideas are supported by a plethora of verse quotations and annotations. Even in his more controversial opinions (see the chapter on Prophethood and Revelation), Dr. Rahman maintains his scholarly clarity and illuminates his thoughts for the reader. Dr. Fazlur Rahman has produced a supreme achieveme ...more
Neil Coulter
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, islam
Fazlur Rahman's Major Themes of the Qur'an was recommended to me as part of my continuing journey toward learning more about Islam. It looks like a small book, but I was amazed at how much thought-provoking content is packed into its brief 170 pages. I read generally a chapter a day, and even that was a too-quick tour through it; I will certainly return to this one again sometime soon.

I liked Rahman's commentary, because it helped me see more clearly the differences between Islam ad Christianity
Mahmood Ali
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Zameen muntazir aasman muntazir,

Hai sarey ka sara jahan muntazir,

Imamat ka deedar in ko miley,

Ye mehrab o mimber azan muntazir,

Jahan main Ho shams e imamat tuloo,

Makan muntazir la makan muntazir,

Sunane ko noha Shah e karbala ka,

Har ik Shah ka noha khwan muntazir,

Chaley zulfiqar e ALI a.s aik baar,

Hain sarey he Peer o Jawan muntazir,

Areeze main MEHDI ne bas ye likha,

Aaiye MOLA hai ye madhha khwan muntazir.
Muhammad Izzat Bin Solihuddin
I strongly suggest the readers to have a copy of the Quran or its translation to refer to when reading this book. In that way, the readers could see the examples and that would help them to better understand the context of the verses.
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this is a must read.
Aamir Raja
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
Very interesting explanation of the Quranic themes.
Sarip Dol
I think Fazlurrahman had great insights on how the Quran unfolds itself to us. To my surprise we share the same thoughts of taqdīr, which makes me love him more and more recepticle to his words.

However, I cannot shake off my disagreement to some of his views that I found rather eccentric. Perhaps, if only he has not neglected the Sunnah in a such a venture that offers quite a perplexed view on certain central themes of Islam, I would have been more persuaded. Still, I do not reject him categoric
Muhtar Ahmad
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was the primary reference for my undergraduate's final paper.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-class
The only chapter that I read closely for the class I took recently on the Qur'an was chapter two on "Man as Individual," but based primarily on that chapter, this was possibly my favorite of the many books assigned for the class. Rahman's style---the way he mixes scholarship, cultural influences, and spirituality---really spoke to me. I got so much from just this one chapter. I anticipate reading more from this book now that the class is over.
Abu-Bakar Haider
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A different and refreshing perspective on many subjects. Especially the way Taqdeer is explained is marvelous.
The translation of Quranic Verses done by the author quoted in the book is amazingly beautiful.
Afida Othman
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
⭐⭐⭐⭐ instead of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ because it is quiet academic. A very serius read & if it had been simplier, maybe it would be appealling to more readers. I find it very informative though, and would wish it would be read by muslims in particular & non muslims in genaral. ...more
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: islam
Best exegesis on the Qur'an, in English, that I've read. His understanding of the themes really helps one to settle, and understand what the thrust of the Qur'an really is. He was just an amazing scholar.
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“The idea behind verses about the sealing of hearts appears to be the psychological law that if a person once does a good or an evil deed, his chances of repeating that kind of action increase and of doing its opposite proportionately decrease. With constant repetition of an evil or of a good action, it becomes almost impossible for a person to do the opposite, or even to think of it, so much so that while men's hearts become "sealed" and their eyes "blinded" if they do evil, their doing good produces such a state of mind that the devil himself can have no sway over it. Nevertheless, actions which create a psychological habit, however strong their influence may be, must not be construed as absolute determinants, for there is no "point of no return" for human behavior: genuine repentance (tauba) can turn an apparently wholly evil man into a paragon of virtue; on the other hand, although this is much more rare, an apparent paragon of virtue (even a prophet!) can turn into a near devil enmeshed in carnal pleasures .” 8 likes
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