The Quran

Paperback | May 17, 2008

Translated byM. A. S. Abdel Haleem

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'Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know.'The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance, that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of theIslamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in the history of literature. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom thatremains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powers of eloquence. Archaisms and cryptic language are avoided, and the Arabic meaning preserved by respecting the context of the discourse. The message of the Qur'an was directly addressed to all people regardless ofclass, gender, or age, and this translation is equally accessible to everyone.

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'Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know.'The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance...

M. A. S. Abdel Haleem was born in Egypt, and learned the Qur'an by heart from childhood. Educated at al-Azhar, Cairo, and Cambridge Universities, he has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Cambridge and London Universities since 1966, including courses in advanced translation and the Qur'an. He is now Professor of Islamic Studies at ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.91 inPublished:May 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199535957

ISBN - 13:9780199535958

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best translation I have come across! I love this translation! It's so easy to read, easy to follow and easy to understand - because of the diction used and the footnotes. If you're looking for a translation, this is the one you should grab!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best available translation! Haleem's translation is very readable, flowing naturally and avoiding archaic vocabulary and awkward sentence structure. Theologically, this translation provides a clear presentation of the core message of the text that would otherwise only be accessible to those able to read the Qur'an in the original Arabic. I was so impressed with this translation that I used it as the primary source for my book 'Reading the Qur'an in English'.
Date published: 2009-04-25

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