SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

God in the Qur'an

Knopf. (God in Three Classic Scriptures). Nov. 2018. 256p. notes. index. ISBN 9780307269577. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525521617. REL
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In his third book in a series addressing the presentation of God in the major monotheistic religion, noted scholar (Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations, Boston Coll.) and Pulitzer Prize winner (God: A Biography) Miles examines the Qur'an, focusing on the theological message conveyed through its sacred texts as a literary critic rather than a biblical scholar. He compares narratives in the Qur'an regarding God's interaction with key biblical figures with those from Jewish and Christian passages. These include Adam, Cain, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. Readers will discover that writings in the Qur'an have less literary complexity but consistently show God (Allah) as full of forgiveness and compassion. Miles concludes by urging Christians to rethink their ideas about Islam and to respond with charity and tolerance.
VERDICT A valuable and insightful perspective on Islam and the Qur'an.

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