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EDIP YUKSEL is an American-Turkish-Kurdish author and activist who spent four years in Turkish prisons in the 1980's for his political writings and activities promoting an Islamic revolution in Turkey. He experienced a paradigm change in 1986 transforming him from a Sunni Muslim leader to a reformed muslim, a rational monotheist, or a peacemaker. Edip Yuksel has written more than twenty books and hundreds of articles on religion, politics, philosophy and law in Turkish, and numerous articles and books in English. Edip is the founder of 19.org, the Islamic Reform organization, and co-founder of Muslims for Peace, Justice and Progress (MPJP), and the chief editor of the annual anthology, Critical Thinkers for Islamic Reform.His personal site is yuksel.org. After receiving his bachelor degrees from the University of Arizona in Philosophy and Near Eastern Studies, Edip received his law degree from the same university. Edip teaches Philosophy and Law at Pima Community College and Brown Mackie College. He is fluent in Turkish, English and Classic Arabic; proficient in Persian, and barely conversant in Kurdish, his mother tongue.

LAYTH SALEH AL-SHAIBAN is an author of various books and articles on Islam, founder of Progressive Muslims, and co-founder of Islamic Reform. Layth works in a financial institution as a financial adviser, and lives in Saudi Arabia.

MARTHA SCHULTE-NAFEH is Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona and Language Coordinator of Middle Eastern Languages at the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Martha received her B.S. from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in Economics, received her M.A., in Linguistics from the University of Arizona in 1990, and her Ph.D. from the same university in Near Eastern Studies - Arabic Language and Linguistics 2004. In 1982, she taught English as a Foreign Language at American University in Cairo, Egypt.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 684 pages
  • Publisher: Brainbow Press (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979671507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979671500
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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EDIP YUKSEL is an American-Turkish-Kurdish author and activist who spent four years in Turkish prisons in the 1980's for his political writings and activities promoting an Islamic revolution in Turkey. He experienced a paradigm change in 1986 transforming him from a Sunni Muslim leader to a reformed muslim, a rational monotheist, or a peacemaker. Edip Yuksel has written more than twenty books and hundreds of articles on religion, politics, philosophy and law in Turkish, and numerous articles and books in English. Edip is the founder of 19.org, the Islamic Reform organization, and co-founder of Muslims for Peace, Justice and Progress (MPJP). His personal site is yuksel.org. After receiving his bachelor degrees from the University of Arizona in Philosophy and Near Eastern Studies, Edip received his law degree from the same university. Edip is an Adjunct Philosophy professor at Pima Community College, and teaches various classes at Accelerated Learning Lab. He is fluent in Turkish, English and Classic Arabic; pro-ficient in Persian, and barely conversant in Kurdish, his mother tongue.


Edip Yuksel, J.D.
www.19.org
www.yuksel.org
www.islamicreform.org
www.brainbowpress.com
www.mpjp.org
ENGLISH: http://groups.google.com/group/19org
TURKISH: http://groups.google.com/group/edipyuksel
TURKISH: http://groups.google.com/group/yuzondort
Turkish Books: www.ozanyayincilik.com

Each of us must use our own mind in pursuit of truth. (17:36; 10:100; 39:17-18; 41:53; 42:21; 6:114-116; 10:36; 12:111; 20:114; 21:7; 35:28; 38:29).

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Garrison on October 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
The most cogent advice I received when I started
reading the Qur'an (several translations/transliterations and many years ago) was to understand and absorb it, through a humble, open HEART AND MIND, as a whole, all-at-once message and not through extracted excerpts. Many critics of Islam, as presented by the Qur'an, are unlikely to have approached it with this spirit, in my experience. I wonder how many Muslims have experienced the Qur'an in this way. Reality is not linear but the written word is necessarily so.

I strongly suggest that this English representation of the Qur'an can only be fully appreciated by slowly absorbing it, cover to cover. As well, I suggest that the most integrated understanding of the Qur'an can only be realized by synthesizing the full message in one's heart first, as a single experience. With this in mind, this Reformist Version does an unusually fine job in clarifying
those elements (such as gender imbalance) which have been perceived as dissonant within the whole message in the "standard" translations. This version, which is not revisionistic, presents an integrated consistency rarely found in other translations and it elucidates issues not commonly grasped by modern readers (in any language). Those with an open mind and heart, who only understand modern Arabic and not the dialect in which it was originally revealed, have the opportunity to experience comfort and inner peace by absorbing this clean, Reformist translation. With this in mind, this version can only be judged following a thoughtful read of the entire volume. The issue of the number "19" has been commonly misunderstood.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2010
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I learned about the mathematical system of the Quran during early 80's. One of my teachers mentioned it in the class, making a few statements and it was never mentioned again. However, his comments stayed in my head until 2010 when I started reading Rashad Khalifa's and Edip Yuksel's Translation and explanation of the code 19. Generally speaking, many people write about very different topics every day, and after years of practice, eventually it comes naturally to them. However, when one sits to write, the thought of organizing the collection of writing in a way that a mathematical relationship is preserved throughout the writing never crosses any human-wirter's mind. As humans, we are very much focused on the logical flow of what we right, grammar, punctuation. Some care about political correctness of how ideas are expressed, and many other external factors including saying things in a way that would attract a lot attention. The thought of writing any meaningful literal piece and preserving any mathematical relationship is something that is not even considered. Furthermore, and again generally speaking, there are very few people who may have the vast knowledge of both mathematics and literature, let alone the ability to combine these two into a masterpiece. Keep this in mind as I will be coming back to this.

I studied Biochemistry for undergraduate, and then voluntarily took extra physiology and other science courses during years of obtaining my Doctorate in Pharmacy.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. Alankus on October 3, 2010
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If you are a Muslim, you should get this translation to see how you have been blocked from understanding the actual meaning of many parts of the Quran.

If you are a Jew or a Christian, you should get this translation to see how Quran relates to Bible. Keep an open mind and you'll see that what you are reading is the truth.

If you are an atheist, you should get this translation to be more informed about monotheism and save yourself never-ending discussions with monotheists.

I hope you can read this book before you depart from this world.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kawaii Gardiner on October 19, 2009
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I own a copy and if you've been put off by the translations of the Qur'an then I suggest you read this.

It does include some stuff in there I don't believe in as a Muslim such as the so-called 'Qur'anic science' and Code19/Qur'an only movement. With that being said, however, once you ignore those bits - the translation is just as valid as the last.

You'll also find that the translation is endorsed by people with academic weight - so it isn't some two bit translation with no weight behind it:

- Aisha Y. Musa, PhD, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Florida International University; author of An Examination of Early and Contemporary Muslim Attitudes toward Hadith as Scripture (Doctoral Dissertation, Harvard University, 2004).

- Dr. Amina Wadud, Author: Inside the Gender Jihad: Reform in Islam.

- Riffat Hassan, Ph.D. Professor of Religious Studies and Humanities at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. A pioneer of feminist theology in the context of the Islamic tradition.

- Reza Aslan, CBS News Consultant; Author, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.

So one isn't talking about a book without respected people behind it. The only people who are offended are those with a vested interest in the status quo.
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