Al-Quran: A Contemporary Translation

by Ahmed Ali

Princeton University Press | July 22, 2001 | Trade Paperback

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This bilingual edition of the Qur''an, the Holy Book of Islam, was first published in the United States in 1988. Ahmed Ali, the distinguished Pakistani novelist, poet, critic, and diplomat, presents this elegant and poetic translation in a contemporary and living voice. On each page, the original Arabic and the translated English sit side by side, encouraging the reader to draw from both texts. Professor Ali also includes notes where necessary, providing the full meaning of each word and phrase. This accessible volume is truly essential for both scholars and followers of Islam.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.26 in

Published: July 22, 2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691074992

ISBN - 13: 9780691074993

Found in: Islam, Middle East Religions

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Al-Quran: A Contemporary Translation

by Ahmed Ali

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.26 in

Published: July 22, 2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691074992

ISBN - 13: 9780691074993

About the Book

This bilingual edition of the "Qur'an," the Holy Book of Islam, was first published in the United States in 1988. Ahmed Ali, the distinguished Pakistani novelist, poet, critic, and diplomat, presents this elegant and poetic translation in a contemporary and living voice. On each page, the original Arabic and the translated English sit side by side, encouraging the reader to draw from both texts. Professor Ali also includes notes where necessary, providing the full meaning of each word and phrase. This accessible volume is truly essential for both scholars and followers of Islam.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6 By Way of Preface 7 1 The Prologue 11 2. The Cow 12 3. The Family of Imran 51 4. The Women 73 5. The Feast 97 6. The Cattle 114 7. Wall Between Heaven and Hell 133 8. Spoils of War 54 9. Repentance 162 10. Jonah 177 11. Hud 188 12. Joseph 200 13. Thunder 211 14. Abraham 217 15. AI-Hijr 223 16. The Bees 228 17. The Children of Israel 240 18. The Cave 250 19. Mary 260 20. Ta Ha 266 21. The Prophets 275 22. The Pilgrimage 283 23. The True Believers 291 24. The Light 298 25. The Criterion 306 26. The Poets 312 27. An-Naml 321 28. The History 329 29. The Spider 337 30. The Romans 343 31. Luqman 348 32. As-Sajdah 352 33. The Allied Troops 355 34. Sheba 363 35. The Originator 368 36. Ya Sin 373 37. Who Stand Arrayed in Rows 378 38. Sad 385 39. The Small Groups 391 40. The Believer 399 41. Adoration 407 42. Consultation 412 43. Ornaments of Gold 418 44. Smoke 424 45. Kneeling 427 46. Al-Ahgaf 431 47. Muhammad 435 48. Victory 439 49. Apartments 443 50. Qaf 446 51. The Dispersing 449 52. The Mount 452 53. The Star 455 54. The Moon 458 55. Ar-Rahman 461 56. The Inevitable 465 57. Iron 469 58. The Disputant 473 59. Confrontation 476 60. The Woman Tried 479 61. Formations 482 62. The Congregation 484 63. The Hypocrites 486 64. Exposition 488 65. Divorce 490 66. Prohibition 492 67. The Kingdom 494 68. The Pen 497 69. The Concrete Reality 500 70. The Steps 502 71. Noah 504 72. Thejinns 506 73. The Enwrapped 508 74. The Enfolded 510 75. The Resurrection 512 76. Time 514 77
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This bilingual edition of the Qur''an, the Holy Book of Islam, was first published in the United States in 1988. Ahmed Ali, the distinguished Pakistani novelist, poet, critic, and diplomat, presents this elegant and poetic translation in a contemporary and living voice. On each page, the original Arabic and the translated English sit side by side, encouraging the reader to draw from both texts. Professor Ali also includes notes where necessary, providing the full meaning of each word and phrase. This accessible volume is truly essential for both scholars and followers of Islam.

From the Jacket

"This translation of the Qur''n aims at doing something new--it seeks to bring out the original rhythms of the Quranic language and the cadences. It also departs from traditional translations in that it gives more refined and differentiated shades of important concepts."--Fazlur Rahman, University of Chicago

"Ahmed Ali''s work is clear, direct, and elegant--a combination of stylistic virtues almost never found in translations of the Qur''n. His is the best I have read."--F. E. Peters, New York University

Editorial Reviews

"In one of the most popular English versions of the Qur''n, Ahmed Ali has succeeded in bringing all of the subtlety, depth, and spiritual power of Islam into his translation of this peerless scripture. Without distorting the English, Ali, a highly regarded author in his own right, renders the poetry of the original Arabic into lines of elegance and rhythm. . . . For the curious, the convert, or the devout, Ahmed Ali''s Al-Qur''n will bring all readers closer to the glory of God."--Brian Bruya, Amazon.com
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