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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which seeks to convey Muhammad Shahrur's thoughts in one concise volume especially prepared for an English-speaking audience. The main intention of his work is to go beyond the epistemology of traditional Islamic scholarship. In the book, Allahs Book is presented as the seal and ultimate expression of the first epoch of humankind, the period of prophetic guidance. This confronts us with the question of how to read and understand it from the perspective of those who live in the second epoch in which direct prophetic guidance is neither necessary nor longer available. In the interpretation of the Book one must strictly observe the unity between form and content, that is, a harmony between the linguistic expression and its semantic content.

Keywords: Muhammad Shahrur; prophetic guidance



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