Having spent a lifetime thinking and writing about Christianity, Garry Wills embarks on a timely and necessary reconsideration of Islam's sacred text, the Qur'an. In recent decades, Islam has often been misrepresented as a religion of violence, and so Wills probes deeper in his reading, noting the distortions and misunderstandings that have accumulated around the Qur'an, fueling both Islamic terrorism and anti-Muslim backlash. Comparing the Qur'an with the Bible, Wills reveals many parallels between them, as well as parallel difficulties of interpretation, which call for patient exploration—and which offer some thrills of discovery.
"Wills has written perhaps the best introduction to the Quran that I know of: elegant, insightful, even at times joyful.... His encounter with it is a pleasure to read for anyone as open to discovery as he is."—NYTimes