Farouk A Peru’s latest book is called “Toward a Quranic Understanding of the Divine: Perspectives from three thinkers“, which he wrote together with Abdur Rab, and Siraj Islam.
It is a paperback consisting of 134 pages, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Dec. 2017). The book is in English.
Farouk A Peru needs no introduction. Born and raised in Petaling Jaya, he is a well known Malaysian activist, Islamologist and columnist for various alternative Malaysian newspapers. He shares a love of cooking and regularly meets up with the Malaysian diaspora in London, to share recipes and taste one another’s dishes.
Abdur Rab is a professional economist. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Dhaka University and received his doctorate from Harvard. He has served in government and non-government organizations in Pakistan and Bangladesh and worked for numerous international organizations.
Siraj Islam is a medical doctor who was born and raised in Bangladesh and now lives in London. In addition to his clinical and research work, he is interested in science, philosophy, sociology, history, literature, and comparative theology. He has edited two Bengali social studies journals and authored several Bengali books.
In “Toward a Quranic Understanding of the Divine”, the authors say that we cannot consider humanity’s relationship to the Divine without asking questions such as “How can God exist? What lessons does He have for us? If God is omnipotent, what role is there for human free will?”
In the foreword, Farouk said, “I am most grateful to my friend Abdur Rab for including me in this project. A book such as this is important due to the fact that many, if not most, people would be daunted by the prospect of trying to understand the Quranic concept of Allah. And who could blame them?
Farouk is often mobbed by his admirers.