Approaching the Quran is a major event in religious publishing. Prof. Michael Sells has captured the complexity, power, and poetry of the early suras of the QuråÜ¨«n, the sacred scripture of Islam. Approaching the Quran presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic chapters, or suras, associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. Most of these early revelations appear at the end of the written text and are commonly reached only by the most resolute reader of existing English translations. These suras contain some of the most powerful prophetic and revelatory passages in religious history. They offer the vision of a meaningful and just life that anchors the religion of one-fifth of the world's inhabitants. Approaching the Quran is enriched by the inclusion of a compact disc recording of Quranic reciters chanting several of the early suras, allowing readers an opportunity to hear the Quran in its original form. The book includes Sells; Introduction to the Quran, commentaries of the suras, a glossary of technical terms, and chapters discussing the sound nature and gender aspects of the Arabic text. Includes an audio CD of Qur'an Reciters
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