Brown’s book begins each chapter with a contemporary Islamic controversy and then lays out in rich detail the relevant scholarly tradition of pre-modern Islam that contemporary Muslims have inherited. Each chapter ends with additional recent debates, conundrums, cruxes with which Muslims are currently wrestling. The book is detailed but very accessible. Unlike so many books that are simply rooted in the headlines and so are completely clueless about why many Muslims take the positions they do, or why an issue is controversial, Brown’s Misquoting really explains what is at issue in each case. I think the book is an instant classic and if the reader is willing to dive deeply into Islamic thought, this book is hugely rewarding. I taught it this term for the first time (and it showed), but students liked the book and felt they learned a lot from it, according to their comments. I’ll teach it again, and better.