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Clarification (I hope)
on February 25, 2006
This book is a very good reference for English-speaking students of the Qur'an. The two reviews by Rashid Jahangiri give a good description of the contents. I would add that the actual dictionary section contains entries that are quite thorough in the coverage of each listed word, including related words that share the same root and inflected forms such as all conjugated forms of verbs.
There are two controversies afoot on this review page. The first is the "review" by al-Qaradawi, which mentions the "True Furqan". The unsolicited comment is completely out of place here, as it has nothing to do with the Dictionary of the Holy Quran. I would add that this book is a plagerism of the Qur'an, written by Christian missionaries in the Middle East with the aim of converting Muslims to Christianity. Regardless of how you might feel about this statement, I would encourage all readers to click the "Report this" link, so that hopefully Amazon will remove this distraction "review".
The second controversy has to do with Zia Ulhaq's review. As best as I have been able to determine, the author, Abdul Omar Mannan, is associated with the Ahmadiyyah sect of Islam. From an orthodox Sunni or Shia perspective, most Ahmadis are considered unorthodox at best and typically heretical, hence Zia Ulhaq's comments. This issues aside, I would still highly recommend this book, as I am not aware of any equivalent reference available in English. I would just caution Muslim readers to be aware of the Ahmadiyyah link, espeically while reading the sections on the lives of the prophets (peace be upon them all).