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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian sacred works & liturgy > Sacred texts > Criticism & exegesis of sacred texts

CUSAS 05 - Workers and Construction Work at Gharsana (Hardcover): Wolfgang Heimpel CUSAS 05 - Workers and Construction Work at Gharsana (Hardcover)
Wolfgang Heimpel
R1,747 Discovery Miles 17 470 Out of stock
Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Indonesia (Hardcover, New): Abdullah Saeed Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Indonesia (Hardcover, New)
Abdullah Saeed
R1,708 Discovery Miles 17 080 Out of stock

This compilation for an English-speaking readership of writing by Muslim intellectuals demonstrates the variety of ways in which the Qur'an is studied in contemporary Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country. The thirteen essays come from established and emerging scholars and address topics such as new methods of approaching the Qur'an, Islamic law reform, human rights, inter-faith relations, the struggle by women for equal rights, and the use or misuse of Qur'anic symbols. They reflect the interests and approaches of a new generation of Indonesian Muslim scholars who seek guidance from the religious texts within a contemporary context. The writings represent a creative effort to project new ideas and to affirm that Islam and the Qur'an are in a broad sense compatible with the aspirations of Indonesian Muslims today. This volume of essays is the first to demonstrate the variety of scholarship on the Qur'an in the English language.

The Epistle of Salim Ibn Dhakwan (Hardcover): Salim Ibn Dhakwan The Epistle of Salim Ibn Dhakwan (Hardcover)
Salim Ibn Dhakwan
R6,560 Discovery Miles 65 600 Out of stock

The epistle ascribed to Salim Ibn Dhakwan, and written sometime before AD 800, was discovered in the early 1970s by the scholar, Amr Khalifa Ennami, who brought a xerox of the now lost manuscript to the attention of Islamic scholars. The epistle which is here edited, translated, and discussed in full for the first time is an early Islamic tract against `wrong' doctrines regarding the classification and treatment of opponents.

The Qur'an and its Readers Worldwide - Contemporary Commentaries and Translations (Hardcover): Suha Taji-Farouki The Qur'an and its Readers Worldwide - Contemporary Commentaries and Translations (Hardcover)
Suha Taji-Farouki
R1,889 Discovery Miles 18 890 Out of stock

Some eighty per cent of Muslims in the contemporary world speak languages other than Arabic, the language of the Qur'an. To respond to the needs of their communities, Muslim scholars and laypersons must increasingly explain and communicate the meanings of the Qur'an in their own languages - including through the medium of Qur'an commentary and translation. The Qur'an and its Readers Worldwide provides an introduction to this rich and expanding field of endeavour. It brings together a selection of Qur'an commentaries and translations produced across the twentieth century to the present day, and ranging in provenance from the regions of the traditional Islamic heartlands to the new loci of global Islam. Individual chapters examine works in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, German, Malay, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu, each viewed in terms of the impact of modernity on the encounter with the Qur'an, providing an English readership with an exceptionally broad overview. Situating these works in their cultural and national settings, this volume focuses attention on the relationship between language, culture and sociopolitical environment in Qur'an commentary and translation. It highlights the linkages between the Qur'an translations and commentaries studied and the developments and debates that generated them, and to which they respond, whether associated with colonial realities, the challenges of nation building, or the search for ways to reconstruct Islamic culture in the face of new legal frameworks or societal models. Through a detailed introduction and a series of case studies this book illustrates the defining trends in Qur'an commentary worldwide, addressing evolving questions of authorship, message, intended readership and media of communication. It highlights the continued relevance of Quraan commentary as an authoritative Islamic tradition in a period of growing direct engagement with the sacred text. It also samples debates concerning Qur'anic meaning in translation that are pertinent for many millions of Muslims today, and that look set to grow in tandem with globalisation.

Essential Papers on the Talmud (Paperback, New): Michael Chernick Essential Papers on the Talmud (Paperback, New)
Michael Chernick
R968 Discovery Miles 9 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

No work has informed Jewish life and history more than the Talmud. This unique and vast collection of teachings and traditions contains within it the intellectual output of hundreds of Jewish sages who considered all aspects of an entire people's life from the Hellenistic period in Palestine (c. 315 B.C.E.) until the end of the Sassanian era in Babylonia (615 C.E.). This volume adds the insights of modern talmudic scholarship and criticism to the growing number of more traditionally oriented works that seek to open the talmudic heritage and tradition to contemporary readers. These central essays provide a taste of the myriad ways in which talmudic study can intersect with such diverse disciplines as economics, history, ethics, law, literary criticism, and philosophy.

Contributors: Baruch Micah Bokser, Boaz Cohen, Ari Elon, Meyer S. Feldblum, Louis Ginzberg, Abraham Goldberg, Robert Goldenberg, Heinrich Graetz, Louis Jacobs, David Kraemer, Geoffrey B. Levey, Aaron Levine, Saul Lieberman, Jacob Neusner, Nahum Rakover, and David Weiss-Halivni.

The Koran (Hardcover): Colin Turner The Koran (Hardcover)
Colin Turner
R25,956 Discovery Miles 259 560 Out of stock

The four volumes of this set bring together some of the most significant modern and pre-modern contributions to the study of the Islamic revelation, giving readers access to material that has hitherto been scattered and often difficult to locate. While the bulk of the material stems from the past fifty years, classic studies from earlier periods have been included, thus providing insight into the developmental dynamics of the field. Drawn from a wide range of journals, research monographs, occasional papers and edited volumes, the articles that make up this collection reflect the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of Koranic studies as it stands today. An extensive introduction at the beginning of the first volume draws together the four volumes and places each article in its broader context.

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible - Essays in Honour of E. I. J. Rosenthal (Hardcover): John A. Emerton, Stefan C. Reif Interpreting the Hebrew Bible - Essays in Honour of E. I. J. Rosenthal (Hardcover)
John A. Emerton, Stefan C. Reif
R1,920 Discovery Miles 19 200 Out of stock
Tractates Peah and Demay (Hardcover, Reprint 2014): Heinrich W. Guggenheimer Tractates Peah and Demay (Hardcover, Reprint 2014)
Heinrich W. Guggenheimer
R6,304 Discovery Miles 63 040 Out of stock

First Order: Zeraim / Tractate Peah and Demay is the second volume in the edition of the Jerusalem Talmud, a basic work in Jewish Patristic. It presents basic Jewish texts on the organization of private and public charity, and on the modalities of coexistence of the ritually observant and the non-observant. This part of the Jerusalem Talmud has almost no counterpart in the Babylonian Talmud. Its study is prerequisite for an understanding of the relevant rules of Jewish tradition.

New Light from the Prophets (Hardcover): Louis Finkelstein New Light from the Prophets (Hardcover)
Louis Finkelstein
R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Out of stock
Essential Papers on Israel and the Ancient Near East (Paperback): Frederick E. Greenspahn Essential Papers on Israel and the Ancient Near East (Paperback)
Frederick E. Greenspahn
R792 R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Save R57 (7%) Out of stock

Archaeological discovery of documents from the Near East has fuelled the debate as to the Hebrew Bible's relationship with the world. The biblical view that Israel "dwells apart" is belied by the Israelites' vulnerability to worldly attractions and cultural similarities with their neighbours.

Tobit (Hardcover, Reprint 2013): Joseph A. Fitzmyer Tobit (Hardcover, Reprint 2013)
Joseph A. Fitzmyer
R4,146 Discovery Miles 41 460 Out of stock

Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature is a new series in English dealing with early Jewish literature between the third century BC and the middle of the second century AD; it is scheduled to encompass a total of 58 volumes. The texts are intended to be interpreted as a textual unity against the background of their particular Jewish and historico-political contexts, with text-based, historical, literary and theological analyses being undertaken. The first volume, by Joseph A. Fitzmyer, is devoted to a commentary on the Book of Tobit (Tobias).

History and Torah - Essays on Jewish Learning (Paperback): Jacob Neusner History and Torah - Essays on Jewish Learning (Paperback)
Jacob Neusner
R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Out of stock
The Aramaic Version of the Bible - Contents and Context (Hardcover, Reprint 2012): Etan Levine The Aramaic Version of the Bible - Contents and Context (Hardcover, Reprint 2012)
Etan Levine
R3,047 Discovery Miles 30 470 Out of stock

The series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) covers all areas of research into the Old Testament, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, its early and later forms in Ancient Judaism, as well as its branching into many neighboring cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.

The Qur'an - An Introduction (Paperback): Muhammad Abu-Hamdiyyah The Qur'an - An Introduction (Paperback)
Muhammad Abu-Hamdiyyah
R734 Discovery Miles 7 340 Out of stock


This new work presents a concise and accessible introduction to the Qur'an. The book examines the Qur'an from two original perspectives: first, it explores the concept of deity, including the Christian and Jewish understanding of God, and secondly it discusses the Qur'anic message from the perspective of modern knowledge. This is an ideal textbook for students with no prior knowledge of the complexities of the Qur'an's message.

A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran - Comprising Sale's Translation and Preliminary Discourse: Volume I (Hardcover):... A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran - Comprising Sale's Translation and Preliminary Discourse: Volume I (Hardcover)
E.M. Wherry
R5,286 Discovery Miles 52 860 Out of stock

This comprehensive set includes thorough examinations of the Qurain in Wherry's essential four volume commentary. There is also an excellent overview of Islam by the well known scholar Edward Sell, The Faith of Islam which examines the history of Islam, the different forms of Islam and religious practice. This set will prove to be an excellent historical resource for anyone interested in western scholarship of Islamic doctrine, and the writings in the Qurain"

A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran - Comprising Sale's Translation and Preliminary Discourse: Volume II (Hardcover):... A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran - Comprising Sale's Translation and Preliminary Discourse: Volume II (Hardcover)
E.M. Wherry
R5,139 Discovery Miles 51 390 Out of stock

This comprehensive set includes thorough examinations of the QurA!n in Wherry's essential four volume commentary. There is also an excellent overview of Islam by the well known scholar Edward Sell, The Faith of Islam which examines the history of Islam, the different forms of Islam and religious practice. This set will prove to be an excellent historical resource for anyone interested in western scholarship of Islamic doctrine, and the writings in the QurA!n

A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran - Comprising Sale's Translation and Preliminary Discourse: Volume III (Hardcover):... A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran - Comprising Sale's Translation and Preliminary Discourse: Volume III (Hardcover)
E.M. Wherry
R6,181 Discovery Miles 61 810 Out of stock

This comprehensive set includes thorough examinations of the QurA!n in Wherry's essential four volume commentary. There is also an excellent overview of Islam by the well known scholar Edward Sell, The Faith of Islam which examines the history of Islam, the different forms of Islam and religious practice. This set will prove to be an excellent historical resource for anyone interested in western scholarship of Islamic doctrine, and the writings in the QurA!n

The Hadith - Articulating the Beliefs and Constructs of Classical Islam (Hardcover, New): Mustafa Shah The Hadith - Articulating the Beliefs and Constructs of Classical Islam (Hardcover, New)
Mustafa Shah
R29,268 Discovery Miles 292 680 Out of stock

The Prophetic traditions of Islam, which are commonly referred to as the hadiths (literally: reports ), preserve the sum and substance of the utterances, deeds, directives, and descriptive anecdotes connected with the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions. Together with the Qur an, the hadiths provide the religion of Islam with its principal scriptural sources.

The collection features an accessible and informative introduction which presents an outline of the significance of the hadiths within the religious tradition while also reviewing classical scholarship devoted to the literature of the traditions; moreover, the introduction decisively sets into context the academic debates and arguments which are fleshed out in the articles selected. It also charts developments in the academic study of hadiths, summing up the current state of the field and features a detailed bibliography listing primary classical sources germane to the field of Prophetic traditions together with recent research monographs and articles devoted to the subject.

This Major Work provides an authoritative collection of the seminal research articles produced by western academic scholarship on the subject of the hadith over the past century, including recent papers on the subject. In bringing together the finest examples of scholarship devoted to the hadith and the classical literature that surrounds it, these volumes provide an indispensable reference resource for academics, research institutions, governmental organizations, and those with a general interest in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Arabic Cultural Studies, and Middle East History.

Imperialism and Biblical Prophecy - 750-500 BCE (Paperback): David Aberbach Imperialism and Biblical Prophecy - 750-500 BCE (Paperback)
David Aberbach
R1,073 Discovery Miles 10 730 Out of stock

Imperialism and Biblical Prophecy is a radically new interpretation of prophetic poetry. Using more than thirty new translations from the Hebrew Bible, it shows that this poetry is inseparable from imperialism, that each of the three major waves of biblical prophecy which have survived in the Old Testament occurred in response to simultaneous waves of imperialist conquest.

Sacred Institutions with Roman Counterparts (Hardcover, Reprint 2012): John Pairman Brown Sacred Institutions with Roman Counterparts (Hardcover, Reprint 2012)
John Pairman Brown
R4,417 Discovery Miles 44 170 Out of stock

The series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) covers all areas of research into the Old Testament, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, its early and later forms in Ancient Judaism, as well as its branching into many neighboring cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.

The Book of Ben Sira in Modern Research - Proceedings of the First International Ben Sira Conference, 28-31 July 1996... The Book of Ben Sira in Modern Research - Proceedings of the First International Ben Sira Conference, 28-31 July 1996 Soesterberg, Netherlands (Hardcover, Reprint 2013)
Pancratius C. Beentjes
R3,847 Discovery Miles 38 470 Out of stock

The series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) covers all areas of research into the Old Testament, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, its early and later forms in Ancient Judaism, as well as its branching into many neighboring cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.

Piyyut Commentary in Medieval Ashkenaz (Hardcover): Elisabeth Hollender Piyyut Commentary in Medieval Ashkenaz (Hardcover)
Elisabeth Hollender
R4,415 Discovery Miles 44 150 Out of stock

In medieval Ashkenaz piyyut commentary was a popular genre that consisted of 'open texts' that continued to be edited by almost each copyist. Although some early commentators can be identified, it is mainly compilers that are responsible for the transmitted form of text. Based on an ample corpus of Ashkenazic commentaries the study provides a taxonomy of commentary elements, including linguistic explanations, treatment of hypotexts, and medieval elements, and describes their use by different commentators and compilers. It also analyses the main techniques of compilation and the various ways they were employed by compilers. Different types of commentaries are described that target diverse audiences by using varied sets of commentary elements and compilatory techniques. Several commentaries are edited to illustrate the different commentary types.

Qur'anic Keywords - A Reference Guide (Hardcover): Abdur-Rashid Siddiqui Qur'anic Keywords - A Reference Guide (Hardcover)
Abdur-Rashid Siddiqui
R735 R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Save R161 (22%) Out of stock

"Quranic Keywords: A Reference Guide" analyses basic keywords contained in the Qur'an revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The dominant vocabulary in the modern world is that of the secular-Christian and Western ideology and its institutions. In order to appreciate the message of the Qur'an, understanding the concepts which each Qur'anic term conveys is essential. The author maintains that unless these concepts are fully understood, one cannot benefit from and be inspired by the Qur'an. He has selected over 140 words and provided explanatory notes on each of them. These will help to clarify and provide better understanding about the dynamic ideas portrayed in the Qur'an. The book will be valuable tool especially for those who do not know Arabic and try to understand the Qur'an through translations.

Gott Als Grenze - Eine Literar-Und Redaktionsgeschichtliche Studie Zu Den Gottesreden DES Hiobbuches (Hardcover, Reprint 2018):... Gott Als Grenze - Eine Literar-Und Redaktionsgeschichtliche Studie Zu Den Gottesreden DES Hiobbuches (Hardcover, Reprint 2018)
Jurgen Van Oorschot
R3,047 Discovery Miles 30 470 Out of stock
Antike Schriftauslegung - Pagane Und Christliche Allegorese - Activa Und Passiva Im Antiken Umgang Mit Der Bibel (German,... Antike Schriftauslegung - Pagane Und Christliche Allegorese - Activa Und Passiva Im Antiken Umgang Mit Der Bibel (German, Paperback, Reprint 2013)
Christoph Markscies
R3,034 Discovery Miles 30 340 Out of stock
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