Worship nothing but God;
be good to your parents and relatives,
and to the orphan and the poor.
Speak nicely to people,
be constant in prayer,
and give charity.
The excellent linguistic notes, which Cleary calls an intrinsic part of the translation itself, amplify the meanings of untranslatable words through reference to their Arabic roots and related derivatives. The book is a first-rate introduction for non-Muslims both to the beauty of the Quran and to the core teachings of Islam, which have too often been misrepresented or misunderstood in the West. --Uma Kukathas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Selected surahs are translated and Cleary provides notes on them in the back of the book.
I don't know why I need to say more than I need to say to describe why or why not I was impressed with this book.
Cleary attempts to give the translation a poetic quality which is the essence of the original Arabic.
Many years ago, this was the very first book that I read as an introduction to the Qur'an. In fact, it may have been responsible for leading me to study the Qur'an in much more... Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. M. L. GRIFFITHS
I don't know why I need to say more than I need to say to describe why or why not I was impressed with this book.Published 13 months ago by James E. Horn
I bought it for a friend whose christian/Muslim, he's enjoying it. I read the "look inside" and it is very inspiring.Published 17 months ago by Jennifer
In my oppinion (speaking as a Muslim who has a hobby of looking at different Koran/Qur'an translations), this is the best one for obtaining an introductory understanding of the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by sword of religion
Cleary has done a quite a few "essential" translations of sacred texts and this is just one in the series. Read morePublished 21 months ago by F. Moghul
"The Essential Koran - The Heart of Islam" is written for Westerners - well of course it is. Islam subscribes to the doctrine of abrogation - which simply means that what comes... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Truth Talker