The Qur'an is the foundational sacred text of the Islamic faith.
Traditionally revered as the literal word of God, its pronouncements and discussions form the bedrock of Islamic beliefs and teachings.
Notwithstanding its religious pre-eminence and the fact that it is the sacred text for over one billion of the world's Muslims, the Qur'an is also considered to be the matchless masterpiece of the Arabic language.
Its historical impact as a text can be discerned in allaspects of the heritage of the Arabic literary tradition.
Over recent decades, academic engagement with the Qur'an has produced an impressive array of scholarship, ranging from detailed studies of the text's unique language, style and structure, to meticulous surveys of its contents, concepts andhistorical contexts.
The Oxford Handbook of Qur'anic Studies is an essential reference and starting point for those with an academic interest in the Qur'an.
It offers not only detailed reviews of influential subjects in the field, but also a critical overview of developments in the research discourse.
It explores the tradition of Qur'anic exegesis and hermeneutics, making it a comprehensive academic resource for the study of the Qur'an.
No single volume devoted to such a broad academicsurvey of the state of the field currently exists.