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The Heart of the Qur'an

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May, 2003
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Originally published in 1988, Lex Hixon’s poetic meditations on over nine hundred passages from the Qur’an show that they are not relics from the past but exist in a timeless present, communicating vividly to us today. Through clear and accessible language, Hixon illustrates how the teachings of Islam can be applied to contemporary everyday life issues—among them love, relationships, justice, work, and self-knowledge. In addition to the selections themselves (and it’s no small feat to select the cream from as vast a work as The Holy Qur’an), the book contains readable, lively introductions to the tradition of Islam, its basic precepts, and what it says about other religions. As the first such work in English to be written by a western Muslim, The Heart of the Qur’an beautifully shows how and why Islam is among the great wisdom traditions of humanity.

The Qur’an has its own unique voice, one almost uniquely suited to the confusing swirl of information overload, materialism, and tangled relations between people that we all experience in the postmodern world… I have long recommended Heart of the Qur’an as the best introduction to the spirituality of the Qur’an and Islam. Almost uniquely, Hixon’s versions regard the revelations of the Qur’an as actual spiritual experiences rather than mere words or ideas in which we are asked to believe. —from the foreword by Neil Douglas-Klotz



“Lex Hixon has taken the precious words of the Holy Qur’an and turned them over in his heart so they might speak to those of us who otherwise might not listen, might not hear, the radiant wisdom glowing so brightly and so freely within. And in the heart of the Qur’an, graciously transmitted to us by Lex, is the heart of the Kosmos itself, calling to each of us to remember the praises of every breath and every gesture and every movement we make. These are not rigidly literal translations, although they are faithful in every way, but rather mystical meditations from within the Qur’an itself, beautifully wrought and piercingly true.” —Ken Wilber, author of  No Boundary and A Brief History of Everything



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