Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation by Ahmed Ali

Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation

byAhmed Ali

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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.

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Ahmed Ali (1910-1994), a pioneer of the modern Urdu short story and cofounder of the All-India Progressive Writer's Movement and Association, taught at leading Indian universities and was a visiting professor in China and the United States. He published numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the widely acclaimed translati...
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Title:Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary TranslationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.26 inPublished:July 22, 2001Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691074992

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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. The Emissaries 516

78. The Announcement 518

79. Those Who Pull and Withdraw 520

80. He Made a Wry Face 522

81. The Folding up 524

82. The Splitting 526

83. The Defrauders 527

84. The Cleaving 529

85. Signs of the Zodiac 530

86. The Night Star 531

87. The Most High 532

88. The Overpowering 533

89. The Dawn 535

90. The Earth 537

91. The Sun 538

92. The Night 539

93. Early Hours of Morning 540

94. The Opening Up 541

95. The Fig 542

96. The Embryo 543

97. Determination 544

98. The Clear Proof 545

99. The Earthquake 546

100. The Chargers 547

101. The Calamity 548

102. Plenitude 549

103. Time and Age 550

104. The Slanderer 551

105. The Elephants 552

106. The Quraish 553

107. Things of Common Use 554

108. Pre-eminence 555

109. The Unbelievers 556

110. Help 557

111. Abu Lahab 558

112. Pure Faith 559

113. The Rising Day 560

114. Men 561

Index 563

Index of Names 571

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"In one of the most popular English versions of the Qur'an, 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'an will bring all readers closer to the glory of God."--Brian Bruya, Amazon.com