Introduction to Quran - An Existential Reading

by Laurie Hamdani @, Chicago, Saturday, February 01, 2014, 20:37 (1296 days ago)

From The Quranology Institute comes a new and useful resource. Please read the authors' introduction below and then check out the link which follows.

"We are happy to announce the publication of our first ever book: Introduction to Quran - An Existential Reading (IQER). This book is available to download for free here (simply click the link on the page and download will begin).

For those who don't know, IQER is the product of a few years of structural research conducted mostly during the cultural Ramadhans of 2011-2013. During that time, we studied tthe structure and contents of Quran with respect to that structure. In addition, we conceived of the Existential Reading. This is the reading which is based on the Reader's state of being as well as the existence of Quran as a text. Bearing those who facts in mind is crucial, we believe, to get the most out of Quran.

In IQER , you will find a detailed introductory section which will familiarise you with:
1. Quranology Institute (QG) itself
2. What is Quran (crucial to understand our conception of Quran to understand how we read it)
3. The Existential Reading as compared to other readings
4. The Quranic State of Being (which is the objective of the Existential Reading)
5. How to use the IQER
6. The importance of Verse Zero (the basmalah) in the Existential Reading.

In addiion to that, we will also prepare some 'position notes' which will give you ideas on the overall structure of Quran. There are pairs, triplets and even quadruplets of chapters in addition to chapter groups! Far from being a structurally incoherent text, Quran is immaculately structured. In fact, it is its structure which is the greatest aid in its understanding.

Of course, the main part of IQER is the review of all the Quranic chapters (known as 'sura' or 'suwar' in plural). Each chapter of Quran has unique features these features contribute to its understanding. Not only that, they also resonate with other chapters giving Quran a perfect overall structure. There are layers and layers of chapters, each exposing various aspect of a perfect living system for humankind.

We bid you happy reading and hope to hear your feedback!"

Salaam and thank you.

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