Al-Qur'an: 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-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation

Al-Qur'an: 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 6By Way of Preface 71 The Prologue 112. The Cow 123. The Family of Imran 514. The Women 735. The Feast 976. The Cattle 1147. Wall Between Heaven and Hell 1338. Spoils of War 549. Repentance 16210. Jonah 17711. Hud 18812. Joseph 20013. Thunder 21114. Abraham 21715. AI-Hijr 22316. The Bees 22817. The Children of Israel 24018. The Cave 25019. Mary 26020. Ta Ha 26621. The Prophets 27522. The Pilgrimage 28323. The True Believers 29124. The Light 29825. The Criterion 30626. The Poets 31227. An-Naml 32128. The History 32929. The Spider 33730. The Romans 34331. Luqman 34832. As-Sajdah 35233. The Allied Troops 35534. Sheba 36335. The Originator 36836. Ya Sin 37337. Who Stand Arrayed in Rows 37838. Sad 38539. The Small Groups 39140. The Believer 39941. Adoration 40742. Consultation 41243. Ornaments of Gold 41844. Smoke 42445. Kneeling 42746. Al-Ahgaf 43147. Muhammad 43548. Victory 43949. Apartments 44350. Qaf 44651. The Dispersing 44952. The Mount 45253. The Star 45554. The Moon 45855. Ar-Rahman 46156. The Inevitable 46557. Iron 46958. The Disputant 47359. Confrontation 47660. The Woman Tried 47961. Formations 48262. The Congregation 48463. The Hypocrites 48664. Exposition 48865. Divorce 49066. Prohibition 49267. The Kingdom 49468. The Pen 49769. The Concrete Reality 50070. The Steps 50271. Noah 50472. Thejinns 50673. The Enwrapped 50874. The Enfolded 51075. The Resurrection 51276. Time 51477. The Emissaries 51678. The Announcement 51879. Those Who Pull and Withdraw 5
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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