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The Koran

The Quran English pronunciation k r n Arabic al qur n IPA qur a n literally meaning the recitation also transliterated Qur an Koran Al Coran Coran Kuran and Al Qur an is the central religious text of Islam which Muslims believe to be the verbatim word of God Arabic Allah br br The Quran is composed of verses Ayat that make up chapters suras of unequal length which are classified either as Meccan or Medinan depending upon the place and time of their claimed revelation Muslims believe the Quran to be verbally revealed through the angel Jibr l Gabriel from God to Muhammad gradually over a period of approximately years beginning on December CE when Muhammad was and concluding in CE the year of his death br br br Muslims regard the Quran as the main miracle of Muhammad the proof of his prophethood and the culmination of a series of divine messages that started with the messages revealed to Adam regarded in Islam as the first prophet and continued with Suhuf Ibrahim Scrolls of Abraham the Tawrat Torah or Pentateuch of Moses the Zabur Tehillim or Book of Psalms of David and the Injil Gospel of Jesus The Quran assumes familiarity with major narratives recounted in Jewish and Christian scriptures summarizing some dwelling at length on others and in some cases presenting alternative accounts and interpretations of events The Quran describes itself as a book of guidance sometimes offering detailed accounts of specific historical events and often emphasizing the moral significance of an event over its narrative sequence


A Book of Five Rings: The Strategy of Musashi

Legendary th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi s exposition of sword fighting strategy and Zen philosophy Required reading for any martial artist business person or student of strategy Includes the one hour Zen inspired soundtrack The Mysterious Sound of Wind in the Bamboo Performed on authentic Japanese instruments


A Survey of Ancient History

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde s only novel first published in is a brilliant puzzle intended to tease convention minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art life and consequence From its provocative preface challenging the reader to believe in art for art s sake to its sensational conclusion the book explores the nature of sin through the tale of a young man who sells his soul for a lifetime of beauty


Walden: Life in the Woods-unabridged

i A beloved classic reissued for contemporary readers i br br br br Experience a year in the life of Thoreau at Walden Pond in this classic work Visit the bean field the village and the ponds learn about our brute neighbors the higher laws of nature and humankind and the benefits of reading and solitude