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Dictionary of Qurʼānic terms and concepts
Mir, Mustansir, 1949-
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New York : Garland Pub., 1987.
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xiv, 244 pages ; 23 cm.
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BP133 .M57 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Contains more than 500 terms found in the Qur'a-n, the sacred book of Islam. English translations of Qur'a-nic terms are arranged alphabetically with cross-references from the transliterated Arabic. A 20-page list of terms included follows the text. Definitions vary from a few lines to two pages in length and cover such concepts as faith, piety, divorce, immortality, pilgrimage, human nature, and God. Entries refer to specific passages in the Qur'a-n where the term is used and explain its significance. Students will prefer this to Penrice's Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran (1873, frequently reprinted) since Mir does not require any knowledge of Arabic. However, Mir's English is sometimes unclear and terms are sometimes used to define themselves. Mir does not say to which text and arrangement of the Qur'a-n his citations refer. This work may be used as a supplement to the reasonably priced Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam (1953), an extremely useful collection of entries on religion, law, and biography distilled from the first edition and supplement to the monumental Encyclopedia of Islam (rev. ed., 1954-). The work will be of interest, since little is published in this subject in English, especially from an Islamic perspective. Recommended for collections that emphasize Middle East, Islamic studies, and comparative religion.-M. Hamilton, The Ohio State University