The Generous Qurʼan

Michael Sells studies and teaches in the areas of qur'anic studies; Sufism; Arabic and Islamic love poetry; mystical literature (Greek, Islamic, Christian, and Jewish); and religion and violence. The new and expanded edition of his book Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations appeared in 2007. He has published three volumes on Arabic poetry: Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes, which focuses upon the pre-Islamic period; Stations of...

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Mystical Languages of Unsaying

The subject of Mystical Languages of Unsaying is an important but neglected mode of mystical discourse, apophasis. which literally means "speaking away." Sometimes translated as "negative theology," apophatic discourse embraces the impossibility of naming something that is ineffable by continually turning back upon its own propositions and names. In this close study of apophasis in Greek, Christian, and Islamic texts,...

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The God of War

From one of our most perceptive writers on religion, a groundbreaking look at the religious militancy threatening our world today.Michael A. Sells elucidates a vicious cycle that threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy: war fueling militant ideology, militancy turning war into an end in itself. He examines interpretations of the Qur’an and the Bible that drive global conflict: radical versions of Saudi Salafism, Holocaust...

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