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MURTAZA BANDALI

THE MIRACLES OF THE QUR'AN
By Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli Al-Sha'rawi
Shaykh al-Sha'rawi, a distinguished contemporary
scholar from Egypt, presents objective and well-documented evidence of the miraculous nature of the Qur'an in a plain and lucid language. The Miracles of the Qur'an, is divided into three parts.
Part I discusses the nature of miracles and examines those linguistic and rhetorical characteristics of the Holy Qur'an.
In Part II and III the author demonstrates, by profound analysis of numerous passages from the text, that the Qur'an contains irrefutable proof of its direct Revelation from Allah.
This authoritative and highly readable book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the nature of the Holy Qur'an.
Shaykh al-Sha'rawi is one of the most renowned and respected personalities in the Muslim world today.. He has held numerous important positions, including that of President of al-Azhar. He is currently a member of the Islamic Research Academy of al-Azhar.

UNDERSTANDING THE QUR'AN
Themes and Style-Muhammad Abdel Haleem
Without a proper understanding of the Qur'an one cannot grasp the tenets of Islam. In this new introduction, Muhammad Haleem explores its major recurrent themes - life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and its symbolism.
Understanding the Qur'an considers these elements in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. With a fresh insight into the background of the Qur'an, Professor Haleem examines the development of the surahs(chapters) and the aayaat(verses) and the structure of the Qur'an itself. He shows that popular perceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, conflict and society all differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an. Understanding the Qur'an goes on to explore the ways in which the Judaic and Christian traditions, as reflected in the Bible, compare to Qur'anic approaches to similar themes. Contrasting, for example, the Qur'anic story of Yusuf with that of the Old Testament Joseph, Haleem outlines their narrative and technical features and enhances our knowledge of the Qur'an. Understanding the Qur'an will be welcomed not only by students of Islam and comparative
religion but also by all readers interested in gaining a Qur'anic perspective on contemporary issues.
Mohammad Abdel Haleem is Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Director of its Centre of Islamic Studies, at the University of London. He has previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Cairo. 

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