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1. Preliminaries

1. Preliminaries  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776311
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0001
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9780192853448
Every society has its sacred texts. What these texts share, despite their variety, is their centrality to their respective cultures. ‘Preliminaries’ gives a brief sketch of the history of ... More
10. The Koran as an object of dogma

10. The Koran as an object of dogma  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776311
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0010
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9780192853448
The tug-of-war between the two antithetical tendencies of imagining God in terms intelligible to humans and imagining him in sublime, transcendent terms is a strong one. ‘The Koran as an ... More
8. Wrestling with angels

8. Wrestling with angels  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0008
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The title ‘wrestling with angels’ has been adopted for several collections of poems and short stories, and other diverse works. Such works of art and literature depict a spiritual struggle ... More
Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Angels: A Very Short Introduction  

David Albert Jones

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.001.0001
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book
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9780199547302
Angels: A Very Short Introduction outlines prominent stories and speculations about angels in Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and post-Christian spiritualties. What are angels? ... More
3. What is an angel?

3. What is an angel?  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0003
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9780199547302
Angels are not gods, they are spiritual servants of a single Creator. Some historians argue that belief in angels represents a compromise with polytheism. There is a common agreement that ... More
4. Schizophrenia and drugs

4. Schizophrenia and drugs  

Christopher Frith and Eve Johnstone

in Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775529
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802217.003.0004
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9780192802217
According to ‘Schizophrenia and drugs’, one of the most exciting scientific developments in the second half of the twentieth century concerned the discovery of the role of chemical ... More
12. The Koran in the lifetime of the Prophet

12. The Koran in the lifetime of the Prophet  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776311
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0012
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9780192853448
Why are the passages in the Koran ordered in the way they are? The revelation was transmitted orally by Gabriel to Muḥammad, who recited it, and had scribes write it down. Did Muḥammad ... More
The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

The Koran: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Cook

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776311
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192853448
The Koran: A Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture, by looking at the Koran as codex, as ... More
2. The message of the Koran

2. The message of the Koran  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776311
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0002
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ISBN: 
9780192853448
The best way to examine a text is to look at how it begins. ‘The message of the Koran’ takes the first passages of the Koran and gives detailed analysis of their content and meaning. The ... More
7. Joseph Smith and the Angel

7. Joseph Smith and the Angel  

Terryl L. Givens

in The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365678
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195369311.003.0007
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9780195369311
The origins of the Book of Mormon cannot be independently traced back any earlier than 1827. Joseph Smith received two visions in his youth: the first of God, and the second of the angel ... More
6. Bearing witness: drama since 1980

6. Bearing witness: drama since 1980  

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

in Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785269
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658770.003.0007
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9780199658770
Theatre since 1980 is marked by a number of striking new forms, movements, and innovations, ushered in by a plethora of fresh new playwrights bursting on to the scene as well as the ongoing ... More
3. Theatre and drama

3. Theatre and drama  

Marvin Carlson

in Theatre: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781322
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199669820.003.0003
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ISBN: 
9780199669820
‘Theatre and drama’ considers the source and status of the material performed on stage, whether it originates as a written text or not. Improvisation is seen in many cultures and is ... More

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