The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an (IEQ)
A-Beautiful Names of Allah
• Hard Cover • Pages: xxx+378
• January 2013
• ISBN: 978-1-926620-00-8
• ISBN for the 7-Volume Set: 978-1-926620-06-0
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The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān (IEQ) draws on a wide range of traditional Muslim sources, including exegeses, Hadith collections and commentaries, classical lexicons, biographical dictionaries, universal histories, works of jurisprudence, Prophetic biographies, and treatises on spiritual and moral psychology—some of which have never before been presented in any encyclopedic work in a Western language. Based entirely on primary sources and held to a high standard of academic rigor, IEQ integrates source material at several levels: its conceptual structure presents an integrated view of the overall message of the Qurʾān; it incorporates and integrates various strands of Islamic scholarly tradition on the Divine text; and it presents a cohesive, cross-referenced text that is at once contemporary and classical.
The carefully chosen lemmata reflect the thematic structure of the Qurʾān itself, while the rich bibliography at the end of each entry provides a valuable resource for serious researchers. Conceived as a seven-volume authoritative contribution to and an in-depth reference work about Muslim scholarship on the Qurʾān, this landmark publication presents a trove of knowledge about the Qurʾān and its exegetical tradition as an indispensible tool for specialists as well as the engaged general reader. The seventh volume is devoted to indices and supplementary material, including a thematic cross-referencing index of the entries in the preceding volumes.
Following practices of respect and priority normative to the Islamic scholarly tradition, the first volume of IEQ begins with the entry on the Supreme Name, “Allah,” followed by “Aḥmad,” the second of the Prophet’s two proper names in the Qurʾān, and proceeds thereafter in alphabetical order. The volume ends with the entry on the “Beautiful Names of Allah”. Thus bounded by entries on the Divine, this inaugural volume of the seven-volume IEQ brings to an English readership a wealth of scholarly material not found in any other reference work on the Qurʾān. The first volume also includes a contextual introduction situating the project in the broader history of discourse on the Qurʾān. The forty-seven entries of this volume provide extensive original translations of source material and tap into a vast range of resources to present comprehensive and authoritative articles on concepts, persons, events, things, and places mentioned in the Qurʾān and its commentary tradition.