By Toshihiko Izutsu, Suhail Academy, Hardback, 292 pages
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GOD AND MAN IN THE QUR’AN Semantics of the Qur’anic Weltanschauung Toshihiko Izutsu • God and Man in the Qur’an constitute not only a welcome addition to the existing literature on Islam but introduces a new approach to the understanding of Islam, particularly by non-Muslims - the linguistic approach.
This book, coming from the pen of the first serious Japanese scholar on Islam, discovers the substantive structure of the Quranic teachings in a fourfold relationship between God and man, viz., (i) God is the creator of man; (ii) He communicates His Will to man through Revelation; (iii) there subsists a Lord-servant relationship between God and man and (iv) the concept of God as the God of goodness and mercy (for those who are thankful to Him) and the God of wrath (for those who reject Him). Dr Izutsu's description of the historical evolution of these concepts in pre-Islamic Arabia up to the appearance of Islam is quite rich and valuable.
“Combining the tools and method of semantics and the insight and vision of true philosophy, Professor Izutsu has made a fascinating excursus into the Islamic world-view as enshrined in the Qur’an. Deploying a wide range of material, God and Man in the Qur’an presents us with an inspiring example of the thematic approach to Quranic exegesis.” - Mohamed El-Tahir El-Mesawi, Int. Islamic University, Malaysia.
About the author:
Toshihiko Izutsu was a Japanese philosopher of language and mysticism and an Islamic scholar. He was a Professor at Keio University in Japan and author of many books on Islam and other religions
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