The Koran by N. J. DawoodThe Koran by N. J. Dawood

The Koran

Translated byN. J. DawoodIntroduction byN. J. Dawood

Paperback | April 28, 2015

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N. J. Dawood’s masterful translation of The Koran  in a fully revised edition

The Koran is universally accepted by Muslims to be the infallible word of God as first revealed to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel nearly fourteen hundred years ago. Its 114 chapters recount the narratives and rules of conduct central to Islamic belief, and together they form one of the world’s most influential prophetic works and a literary masterpiece in its own right. This newly revised edition of N. J. Dawood’s classic translation is also available in a larger edition with the original Arabic in parallel text.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
N.J. Dawood founded The Arabic Advertising & Publishing Company in 1959, which is now one of the major producers of Arabic typesetting outside of the Middle East. He is best known for his translation of the Koran, the first in contemporary English, for the Penguin Classics in 1956. It has now sold over a million copies.
Title:The KoranFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.75 × 5.09 × 0.82 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141393831

ISBN - 13:9780141393834

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely dissapointing! Perhaps this is the worst translation of Koran I'd ever seen! N.J. Dawood is perhaps the only Jew (Arab Jew from Iraq) to have translated the Quran into English. The author's bias against Islam is readily observable in the Introduction. Apart form adopting an unusual Sura order in his translation, Dawood is guilty also of having studiously mistranslated the Quran in places such as Baqara II:9 and A'raf VII:31, etc. For some one who does not know Arabic and want to understand the Qur'an, I do not recommend this translation at all. Rather, I highly recommend the translation by Pikthal.
Date published: 2008-04-18