ISBN 9780670020232 | 560 pages | 16 Oct 2008 | Viking Adult | 5.98 x 9.01in | 18 - AND UP
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A major new translation of the sacred text of Islam."An eloquent and eminently readable translation . . . much closer to the way the first Muslims experienced the Qur'an."
The Qur’an, or literally “recitation,” is the central religious text of Islam and the holy book of the Muslim faith. Originally composed in Arabic in the seventh century, the Qur’an collects the divine revelations passed down to the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel over many years after his first vision in a cave. In 114 chapters, or suras, the Qur’an provides the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to Muslims today—most important, the key Islamic values of prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, and absolute faith in God, with profound spiritual guidance on matters of marriage and family, crime and punishment, rituals, food, warfare, and charity.
With an estimated 1.8 billion members globally, Islam remains the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. And in light of the current upheavals in the Islamic world, there is a growing English-language audience eager to read and understand Islam and the Qur’an.
This new English translation by one of the foremost scholars of Islamic history, Tarif Khalidi, conveys the powerful language of the Qur’an and retains the rhythms and structure of the original Arabic. It brings to life for readers in English one of the world’s most influential sacred texts, forming a revelatory introduction to the prophetic narratives central to Muslim belief.
-Reza Aslan, author of No god but God
" While being faithful to the original, [Khalidi] succeeds in conveying linguistic shifts, from narrative to mnemonic, sermons to parables. And there is an innovative component: it is the first translation that tries to capture both the rhythms and the structure of the Qur'an. . . . This translation manages to give a glimpse of the grandeur of the original. . . . A magnificent achievement."
-Ziauddin Sardar, The Guardian (London)
"What sets Khalidi apart from his predecessors is his sensitivity to the sounds and many layers of meaning of the original as well as his skill in conveying them to an anglophone audience...Khalidi's introduction and bibliographic note are marvelously succinct, explaining the textual nature and structure of the Qur'an, its place in Muslim life, and providing a very useful summary of recent research and further reading...a landmark in the history of English translations of the Qur'an."
--Ziad Elmarsafy, Times Literary Supplement
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