ReviewsThis is an ambitious book that asks trenchant questions about Qur’anic interpretation in the contemporary world. Given the massive production of such texts around the globe in the past two decades, it is a very welcome and much needed contribution to the field of Qur’anic studies. It is to be praised for its breadth in that it explores a broad array of interpretations in various geographies, languages, and media, providing – better than any other book – a map of the very terrain of recent Qur’anic exegesis as well as an incisive examination of the debates, traditions, and power-structures that shape it. Without question, this book will be an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and curious minds for years to come.
Brett Wilson, Associate Professor of History, Central European University
Expansive, rigorous, and compelling new book on the development and contours of contemporary Muslim interpretations of the Qurʾān…
Scholars who teach on modern Islam and the norms of contemporary Muslim piety and practice – liberal to conservative, progressive to extremist – will benefit considerably from this book’s incisive, fresh, and highly readable explication of how contemporary norms around qurʾānic interpretation have developed, and what impact these developments have had and continue to have. Pink’s work is particularly important for scholars whose research and teaching focuses on intersections between modern media forms and qurʾānic interpretation, whether through the lens of media history or a digital religion. This book will also work well for teaching. Although the prose is scholarly, the language is clear and lucid, making it an easily intelligible and compelling read. While the nuanced arguments of some chapters will remain opaque to undergraduate students or others with no exposure to Islamic studies, many chapters could be easily and productively incorporated into courses for non-specialists – for example, into the contemporary section of an introductory course on Islam, into a course on Islamic fundamentalism, or into a course on Muslims in Europe, as well as more obvious options like a course on Qurʾān and ḥadīth or on Islam and media. In short, this book is a revelation in itself: broad in scope, bold in its arguments, comprehensive in its evidence, and a pleasure to read.
Review of Qur’anic Research