al-Qur'an: An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an
The first survey of this important subject in a Western language.
`Ulum al-Qur'an: An Introduction to the Sciences of Quran, deals with the traditional subjects such as meaning of revelation, history and transmission of the text, asbab al-nuzul, exegesis, etc. as well as issues of more recent origin, like recording of the Qur'an, orientalists' views, translations and others. The concluding chapter has valuable practical advice for reading and studying of the Holy Book of IslamThe Qur'an contains the revelations of Allah, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, to mankind. It is the message from God to man and therefore of utmost importance to us. To properly grasp a message, one needs first of all to under- stand its contents exactly, and for this purpose one must study the Qur'an deeply and in detail.
In fact, some people do spend their whole lives studying the Qur'an, reading and reflecting upon it and, as they grow and develop, both physically and spiritually, they discover for themselves new meanings and implications. Secondly, some special knowledge of the circumstances that surround the message is also necessary for fuller under- standing of its meaning and implications. Although some part of this special knowledge can be derived from the Qur'an itself, there remain other areas of knowledge that can only be discovered by wider study and research. Muslims have from earliest times, applied themselves not only to the message from Allah - the Qur'an - but also to its setting and framework, and the preoccupation with these ultimately developed into the 'sciences' of or 'knowledge' about the Qur'an, known as "ulum al-qur'an'.
The proper approach to the Qur'an, in my humble view, can be described in three stages. You must: . first, receive the message of the Qur'an, by hearing or reading it; second, understand the message of the Qur'an by reflecting upon it and studying its meanings; third, apply the message of the Qur'an by ordering your personal life as well as the life of society according to its message. (From the Introduction By Ahmad Von Denfer)
VON DENFFER was born in Germany in 1949. He studied Islamic and social
anthropology at the University of Mainz. He was at the Islamic Foundation,
Leicester as Research Fellow in 1978-1984. He is currently working with the
Islamic Centre, Munich, Germany.
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