ETHICO-RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS IN THE QUR’ĀN
ETHICO-RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS IN THE QUR’A.N Toshihiko Izutsu In Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Qur’an, Toshihiko Izutsu provides a masterful and lucid exposition of the Quednic teachings. At the time of its original publication in 1959 as The Structure of Ethical Terms in the Koran— revised under the current title in 1966— it was one of the first studies of the Queanic worldview to have appeared in a Western language and its importance has not changed with the passage of time. Ethico-Religious Concepts consists of three parts: an exposition of the methodological principles of semantic analysis; the relation, positive and negative, that exists between the pre-Islamic tribal moral code and the Islamic— in our particular case, Qur’anic— ethics; and an analysis, by a consistent application of the methodological rules explained in the first section, of the major ethico-religious concepts in the Qur’an.
“This work is a major contribution to the study of the theology of Islam, done not from a religious but from a scientific point of view.” — Aziz Ahmad, Int. Journal of Comparative Sociology ***
“His linguistic virtuosity, combined with penetrating insight into the underlying ideas and motivations of religious and mystical works, has given us a series of unparalleled studies of the Koran, Sufism, and Islamic philosophy.” —William C. Chittick