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In his latest book, Allah: God in the Qur’an, Professor Reynolds has united deep erudition with clear pedagogical style to introduce the Qur’anic vision of God to Western lay readers. He flies close to the Qur’anic text throughout, while drawing from later traditions to shed light on the portrait of God in it. Each chapter folds into the next, as we are led through the Qur’anic attributes of God. The book culminates in a discussion of the relationship between Divine Mercy and Divine Wrath. Reynolds unties the knot by referring back to biblical conceptions of God, and Christian readers are reminded how this paradox lies—­unresolved—at the heart of this text as well. He concludes by arguing that the Qur’an intentionally keeps God’s nature a mystery, as its homilies and exhortations are designed to persuade its listeners to turn away from sin and toward religious belief.

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