This book presents an anthropological study of the Qur’an, offering an unprecedented challenge to some of the epistemological and metaphysical assumptions of the tawḥīdic discourses. Combining primary textual materials and anthropological analysis, this book examines transcendence as a core principle of the Qur’an, uniquely signified in the divine name al-Quddūs (the Holy). It shows how the tawḥīdic representations of Allah constitute an inversion of this attribute; examines how this inversion has been conceived, authorized, and maintained; and demonstrates how it has affected Islamic thinking and practices, especially as relates to authority. This book also explores how a return to the Qur’anic primacy of God’s otherness as al-Quddūs can influence Islamic thinking and practices moving forward. Therefore, it will be highly useful to scholars of Islamic Studies, philosophical theology, Qur’anic studies, political science, ethics, anthropology, and religious studies.

part 1I|146 pages

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Religion, the Holy and the sacred

An anthropological perspective

chapter 5|15 pages

Tawḥīd, God, the Qur'ān, and being

chapter 6|9 pages

Al-Quddūs and divine otherness

part 147II|62 pages

chapter 14811|18 pages


The tawḥīdic sexual morality

chapter 12|18 pages


The forgotten ethics of Islam

chapter 13|12 pages

The Qur'ān and Islamic art

chapter 14|14 pages

Ribā (usury)

Economic excess and excessive morality