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God of Vengeance and Mercy: On the Qur'an's Theology in Relation to Jewish and Christian Tradition
Gabriel Reynolds, University of Notre Dame

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Allah: God in the Qur'an (Book)
Title: Allah: God in the Qur'an
Author: Gabriel Said Reynolds
Abstract: The central figure of the Qur’an is not Muhammad but God, in Arabic: Allah. The Qur’an is marked above all by its call to worship Allah, and Allah alone. Yet who is the God of the Qur’an? What distinguishes the Qur’anic presentation of God from that of the Bible? These questions are taken up and explored with vivid detail in the Allah: God of the Qur’an. The theme of God’s mercy runs throughout the Qurʾan, every chapter of which (except one), begins with the invocation “In the name of God the merciful, the benevolent.” The Qurʾan, however, also emphasizes God’s justice and even His vengefulness. The Qur’an has God destroy nations for their rejection of prophets and oppose unbelievers by sealing their hearts and scheming against them. Thus the Qur’an does not describe a God who is simply merciful or vengeful. He is both. Allah, a God of both mercy and vengeance, therefore transcends a simple classification. He is personal and mysterious. Because of this, no limits can be placed on His mercy. Allah: God of the Qur’an argues that the Qur’an is open to God’s salvation of both sinners and unbelievers. At the same time, the book argues, Allah can and does lead humans astray, for which reason all are called to a disposition of piety and fear. Allah, in other words, is a dynamic and personal God. While Allah: God of the Qur’an emphasizes the uniqueness of the Qur’an’s God, it also shows how many of His characteristics – including mercy and vengefulness – have antecedents in the Bible. Allah: God of the Qur’an concludes with an epilogue in which the author argues that because Allah claims to right to exact vengeance, humans have no license to do so. The Qur’an provides no justification for religious violence.
Year: 2020
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Publisher: Yale University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 0300246587
Copy sent to NEH?: No