- A important new translation of Islam's top authority, released at a time when the Islamic religion and the Muslim world are generating a lot of attention.
- The translation is exact, clear, and free of the archaisms, incoherence, and foreign structures that plague most other translations.
- Features include: dialogue addressed to the Prophet is identified to avoid confusion; paragraphing and punctuation have been added to aid meaning and sentence structure; and the beginning of each verse is marked in small superscript type to avoid interrupting the flow or distracting the reader.
- The introduction provides a brief history of the Qur'an's revelation and compilation, as well as its structure and stylistic features, and discusses issues of interpretation in relation to militancy, intolerance, and female subjugation.
- Notes on geographical, historical, and personal allusions and cross-referencing throughout the Qur'an are included.
- The book ends with an index that divides the Qur'anic text into themes for easy access.
One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. Yet despite the growing interest in Islamic teachings and culture, there has never been a truly satisfactory English translation of the Qur'an, until now.
This superb new translation of the Qur'an is written in contemporary language that remains faithful to the meaning and spirit of the original, making the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work's eloquence. The translation is accurate and completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar existing translations. Thus, for the first time, English speaking readers will have a text of the Qur'an which is easy to use and comprehensible. Furthermore, Haleem includes notes that explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions as well as an index in which Qur'anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference. His introduction traces the history of the Qur'an, examines its structure and stylistic features, and considers issues related to militancy, intolerance, and the subjection of women.
Translated by: M. A. S. Abdel Haleem
Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (June 15, 2008)
- Paperback : 502 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199535958
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