In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 5, no.10), Majd Al-Mallah (Grand Valley State University) reviews Richard Serrano’s Qurʾān and the Lyric Imperative (New York: Lexington Books, 2016).
In his review, Al-Mallah writes “As the title suggests, Richard Serrano’s Qurʾān and the Lyric Imperative examines the Qurʾān, but the intention is not to explain the holy book of Islam. The Qurʾān, as the author puts it, “continues to defy explanation, despite the legions engaged in the vast Islamic and Orientalist intellectual industry intent on doing just that” (1). Instead, the book examines the connections between the Qurʾān and poetry in the classical Arabic tradition and the ways in which those connections have served a central role in preserving people’s understanding of the text…”
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