Taking the same approach as the bestselling The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible, this book presents a balanced overview of the Koran, explaining not only the 'flow' of the Koran, but also what it has to say about Allah and humanity, virtue, justice, life on earth, the afterlife, women, love, unbelievers, faith, and tradition....
|Title||:||The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Koran|
|Number of Pages||:||336 Pages|
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Koran Reviews
I promised my friends (and boyfriend) in Turkey that I would read the Koran this summer. They are very concerned about the fate of their Christian friend’s soul. I appreciate their concern, so I agreed to study about Islam to alleviate some of their fears.My first step, of course, was to buy an English translation of the Koran. I realized immediately, though, that I was entering into complex and confusing ground. My next step, then, was to put the Koran down and read, instead, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Koran.This was my first foray into The Complete Idiot’s world. The book is clearly organized and easy to read. However, I never felt as if I was actually an idiot or that the book was written for a child or an adult with below-average intelligence. Instead, it has an easy-to-follow layout and stays with the basics.I was expecting an explanation of the Koran itself, but the guide provides background information on the prophet Muhammad, the origins of the religion, and even addresses modern Islam. Although it makes many references to the Koran, most of the content deals with issues outside the book.I believe I am approaching the Koran with an open mind. I live in an Islamic country. All of my friends there are Muslim. My boyfriend is a believer. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel slightly manipulated by The Complete Idiot’s Guide. Rather than provide a subjective discussion of the Koran, the guide almost feels like a missionary tract—or something produced by a PR firm.Shaykh Muhammad Sarwar, the author, is clearly concerned with Islam’s bad rap in Western countries, and justifiably so. I know from firsthand experience that much of what I hear about Islam in the Western media and popular culture is absolutely false, and Sarwar does his best to reverse and explain these misconceptions.Yet, he paints an almost too rosy picture of the religion. No culture is perfect. I also know from firsthand experience that the culture (though not specifically the religion) can be deeply flawed (the same, of course, can be said of most religious cultures). I hoped for a more balanced view of the religion and culture. I wanted to know the good and the bad. I turned to the guide to learn the basics of the Koran and not to be proselyted to.In the end, Sarwar invites the reader to pick up the Koran and decide for herself if it is really the word of God. I should have just done that in the first place instead of relying on The Complete Idiot’s Guide for background information.
I am really enjoying this book. I do wish to actually read the Koran in the near future (instead of just excerpts), even though I won't be able to read what Muslims dub as the 'true' Koran (since I will be reading the English Translated version and not the Arabic Version). This book has helped me understand different beliefs, culture and history. It has also given me a new insight to a book I previously read "Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject". In this Complete Idiot's Guide Muhammad Shaykh Sarwar does a great job explaining from an insider's view. Though I don't agree with some of the Islamic principles, there are many great concepts to be had in the Koran. Many subjects have been addressed and explained such as: feminism and the role and expectations of the Muslim women and men, the importance of families, and the affirmation that Allah (God) is the only god. The religion is based on submitting oneself to Allah (Muslim means 'one who submits' and Islam meaning 'complete submission'). The ways of submission are found in the suras which are memorized and recited. This guide is the perfect prerequisite for the real Koran.
it's a useful book. i like that it's broken up by topic and then relevant quotes from an english translation of the Koran are listed and discussed. like all "complete idiot" and "for dummies" books this is written like a 6th grade text book and tends to be repetitive. given that the authors are Muslim, there is a certain bias to the writing, for the most part it didn't bother me, but the final chapters were a bit heavy handed. while i don't mind a chapter on what the Koran says about unbelievers, a chapter dedicated to unbelievers being tortured in hell, followed by a chapter where they talk about how they hope they've shown the reader the Truth and can bring you into the fold felt kind of insulting. Overall, a decent introduction to the contents of the Koran.
Interesting read. I have an interest in learning about the Koran and this was a good place to start.
Allison was reading this book and I snatched it away from her when she came to visit. I didn't know much at all about the Koran, Islam, or Muslims, and this book was a good little overview.