The Qur’an Reader’s Companion is a comprehensive thematic guide to reading the Qur’an from a secular and historical perspective.

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The following is a link to a PDF draft of the whole Companion.

Below, individual sections are being uploaded in HTML format (including links to an  online Qur’an and other relevant materials).

 

Part I  The Qur’an 

1. Historical context

2. Geographical setting

3. Arabic

4. The Qur’an

5. Muhammad

6. Gabriel

7. The Canon

8.  Abrogation

9. ‘Bismillah’

10. Arabian rhapsodies

 

Part II  God and his Creation

11. Allah

12. God’s Spirit

13. Creation

14. Angels

15. Jinn

16. Adam and his family

17. Iblis and al-Shaitan

18. Causation and Free Will

Part III  Past prophets

19.  The Torah and Gospel

20.  Noah

21. The Patriarchs

22. Moses and Aaron

23. The Kings of Israel

24. Jonah and Job

25. Jesus

26. The Arab Prophets

27. The Sleepers in the Cave

28. ‘Al-Khidr’

29. Dhu’l Qarnayn

 

Part IV The Life of Muhammad

30. Muhammad as ‘a beautiful example

31. The First Revelation

32. ‘To me my religion and to you yours

33. The ‘Satanic Verses’

34. The Night Journey

35. Splitting the Moon

36. The First Permission to Fight

37. The Hijra

38. The Raid at Naklah

39. Changing the Qibla

40. The Battle of Badr

41. The Battle of Uhud

42. ‘There is no compulsion in religion

43. The Battle of the Trench

44. The Annihilation of the Banu Qurayza

45. The Treaty of Hudaybiyyah

46. The Capture of Kaybar

47. The Conquest of Mecca

48. the Battle of Hunayn

49. The Battle of Tabouk

50. Jizya

51. ‘The Sword Verse

 

Part V  Sharia

52. The Profession of Faith

53. The Salat

54. Zakat

55. Fasting

56. The Hajj

57. Marriage

58. Polygyny

59. Beating one’s wife for disobedience

60. Divorce

61. Weaning

62. Adoption

63. Inheritance

64. Slavery

65. Intercourse with ‘those one’s right hand possesses

66. Fornication/adultery

67. Making an unsupported accusation…

68. Homosexuality

69. Theft

70. Consuming alcohol and gambling

71. ‘Working corruption on the earth’

72. Qisas

73. Killing believers and covenantors

74. Dietary rules

75. Usury

76. ‘Women are a tilth

77. Modest female attire

78. Testimony of women

79. The domestic affairs of Muhammad

Part VI  Virtuous conduct  

80. Honesty

81. Respect for others

82. generosity

83. Forbearance

84. ‘Repel evil with good

85. Justice

 

Part VII  Muslims, believers and others

86. Islam

87. Belief and unbelief

88. Jews and Christians

89. Hypocrites and rebels

90. Unbelievers are ‘the worst of creatures

91. ‘Al-wala wal bara‘ (loyalty and rejection)

92. Taqiyyah

93. Jihad

94. Rules of war

95. Martyrdom

 

Part VIII  The End of Days

96. The Last Day

97. Judgment

98. The heights

99. The Gardens of Paradise

100. The Hellfire

 

 

Conclusion and Index to verses pending