Interesting that it's essentially an addendum to the Bible, with many Biblical figures/stories featuring prominently.
Also interesting to read it while I'm in a Muslim country (Indonesia).
And I find its telescopic structure quite fascinating.
Main reason I'm re-reading it is that I'm writing something involving a Muslim character, and just want to make sure that I understand as much as possible, and to cover my ass if offense is taken (the character, while a good person, swears a lot and is conflicted about wearing a hijab, and based on someone I met a few years ago).
The Oxford Classics version has a great introduction and decent footnotes, and is not translated as a poem (which the original Arabic text is). It's translated by MAS Abdel Haleem, if anyone is interested.
The main difference with Christianity is that Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet (or "Messenger") and not the physical son of god.
The main difference with Judaism is that Muslims are against usury. That's pretty much it.
The Qur'an made simple!
By simpleton vt.
I assume you’re referring to the last couple of sentences? Notice the “Qur’an made simple” joke?
Of course the differences are deeper and more complex but these appear to be the main sticking points. They believe in the 10 commandments, they believe in Jesus. They certainly believe in Noah and Moses because half the book is endless repetitions of their stories!
I’m happy to hear your take on the Qur’an, if you care to enlighten. Not an easy book to read. Like the Bible, or pretty much every religious text, some of it’s a slog but there are some good bits. The telescopic structure is very cool.
I guess you missed the part where I said that they believe in Jesus as a prophet but don’t believe he was the physical son of god.
The Qur’an does not teach Christianity, because it is not Christianity. There are many similarities, but the Jesus/son of god thing, as proved by your post, seems to be the big sticking point. I was speaking generally as I didn’t think that many here would know about the Qur’an. And why get into those kinds of details in a book thread on a Rush forum?
I’m not Muslim, I’m not Christian, I’m just interested.