Introduction and Significance of Brills Encyclopaedia of the Quran : 1.Introduction and Significance :
The Quran is the most authentic sacred book for Muslims. Thousands of books and dozens of Encyclopedias are written on it in different languages. In English ,on the onset of the 21st century, Brill Institution has published " the Encyclopedia of the Quran" (BEQ) in six volumes , including the Index Volume .BEQ has found access to the major libraries of many Muslim countries to serve as a reference work for the scholars. This fact necessitates the introduction & thorough evaluation of these huge volumes one by one. The Encyclopedias like dictionaries , directories and year books are regarded as authentic & reliable sources which the people consult without any hesitation. The Western scholars are all praise for it. Jane McAuliffe said during an interview with the Washington File. “There really is no first-rate reference work on the Quran in Western languages. If you look at a correlative field such as biblical studies … there are dozens of encyclopedias of the Bible or dictionaries, etc, and there was nothing of that genre available for the Quran. It was an obvious and a rather big hole in the field”.
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1: Introduction to Brill
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