The Quran: Origins and Influence

An extract from The Qu’ran: A Biography by Lawrence Bruce:

South Asian Muslims approach the Qur’an from a cultural domain shaped by language and outlook that are Islamic but not Arab. Open to outside influences, they filter what they receive through their own distinctive aesthetic imagination. Consider the story of a royal woman who was memorialised in her burial space: the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a 17th-century tomb that is at once simple and complex. Its marble surfaces project a unity that forever changes, from morning to evening light. It is fronted by a water pavilion, surrounded by mosques and geometrical gardens, and banked against the Jumna River.

An older post on Allama Iqbal here.

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