What is the Qur’an?

Arabic script from a 14th century Iraqi Qur'an Source: British Museum

This coming Wednesday, February 23rd, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Anna Gade will speak with Jean Feraca about Islam’s most important text–the Qur’an. A scholar of Sufism and Qur’anic recitation, Professor Gade has also done extensive work on the Indonesian island of Java where she studied eco-Islamic grassroots movements.

Muslims believe that the Qur’an, separated into 114 suras or chapters, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over a 23-year period starting in 610 A.D. Gade will discuss the revelation and the core messages contained within the Qur’an. What kind of God is Allah in the Qur’an? What are the biggest misconceptions about the Qur’an? Is it possible to reinterpret the Qur’an in modern society?

Are there aspects of the Qur’an or suras within it that you would like Professor Gade to explain during the show? What are your impressions of the Qur’an and what does it mean to you if you are Muslim? Please leave your questions and comments below and we may read them on the Inside Islam radio show next Wednesday.

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3 thoughts on “What is the Qur’an?

  1. Mash’Allah, Its go0d to heard that they will discuss about Holy Quran,
    Quran is the one of the book that is the same as revealed on Our Prophet Muhamad (P.B.U.H) and it will remain the same till the judgment day.
    By reading Quran and understanding it properly, we can make our lives perfect.

  2. Actually the year 0 in the hijera calendar fell approximately 13 years after the first revelation. Hijera would be translated as migration or emigration. The islamic calendar begins with the hijera of the Meccan Muslims to the oasis of Yathrib which became known as Medina. They left Mecca because of persecution by the pagan people of Mecca and because they were invited to Yathrib in hopes that the prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) might influence the local tribes there to cooperate and live in peace.
    I always chuckle when I hear the story of the pagans worrying about the loss of business in Mecca if people accepted Islam, lol that is soooo ironic. i was there about 6 or 8 weeks before ramadan last year and mashallah there were throngs of people even that early in the season from all over the world, alhamdulillah.
    People should be very careful about listening to Sufi ideas, there is a lot of shirk in sufism. Make sure you go to the source i.e. qur’an and sunnah, before accepting any ideas from anyone, especially if they belong to some “group” with a name other than “Muslim”

  3. What is the Qur’an? A tragicomedy on how to live in the 7th century. And how NOT to live in the present.