By Jane Dammen McAuliffe
The Qur'an is the first spiritual textual content for one-sixth of the world's inhabitants. Understood through Muslims to comprise God's personal phrases, it's been an item of reverence and of severe learn for hundreds of years. The hundreds of thousands of volumes that Muslim students have dedicated to qur'anic interpretation and to the linguistic, rhetorical and narrative research of the textual content are enough to create whole libraries of qur'anic stories. Drawing upon a wealthy scholarly historical past, Brill's "Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an" (EQ) combines alphabetically-arranged articles concerning the contents of the Qur'an. it really is an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur'anic phrases, techniques, personalities, position names, cultural heritage and exegesis prolonged with essays at the most crucial issues and matters inside of qur'anic stories. With approximately a thousand entries in five volumes, the "EQ" is the 1st entire, multi-volume reference paintings at the Qur'an to seem in a Western language. Cross-referencing and indices, common cross-references will draw readers to comparable entries and every article will finish with a quotation of suitable bibliography. the ultimate quantity of the "EQ" will include indices of transliterated phrases, of qur'anic references and of the authors and exegetes brought up within the entries and essays. it is going to additionally comprise a synoptic define of the total contents of the "EQ". "The EQ" is an absolutely overseas paintings supported by way of a world board of advisors. students from many countries have written articles for the encyclopaedia. Projected book Dates: quantity One (A-D): In print, quantity (E-I): In print, quantity 3 (J-O): In print 2003, quantity 4 (P-Sh): In print 2004, and quantity 5: Fall 2005.