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on March 20, 2010
Emerick has produced an easily understood translation of the Qur'an that is sure to find favor with all English-speaking readers. While no translation of the Qur'an can replace the original Arabic, this translation comes as close as possible. A superb tafsir (commentary) accompanies the translation in some 1,100 footnotes.
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on August 24, 2012
I enjoy the works of Yahya Emerick and was overjoyed when I saw that he had prepared a new translations of the Quran. The English of the translation is, however, flat and even annoying. He has employed contractions throughout in order to reflect the aural experience of the Arabic text. But this approach has led to an English translation that sounds like poor spoken English. The manner in which words can flow together in Arabic is part of the high literary tradition, but this is not the same for English literature. One would hardly use "I've" or "I'll" in high English literature, but this is exactly what Emerick has done. The result is text that, in my humble opinion, has very much compromised the majesty of the original Arabic. For the best rendering in classical English, I recommend Arberry, The Koran Interpreted: A Translation. For the best translation in a more modern idiom, I recommend Qara'i, Holy Qur'an: Translated by Ali Quli Qara'i "Phrase by Phrase English Translation".

Despite my criticisms of the translation itself, I would recommend that one purchase this book because the notes and appendices are very useful and informative. These may actually be the best notes of any Quran translation that I have come across (yes, better than those in Asad's The Message of the Qur'an: The full account of the revealed Arabic text accompanied by parallel transliteration (English and Arabic Edition). The only reason that I have not given the notes themselves five stars is that the citations are not full enough for another person to follow up on them, such that another scholar cannot necessarily find the hadith (saying of the Prophet) to which he may be referring in a specific note.
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on February 24, 2010
This is the easiest read for the translation of the meanings of the Qur'an that I have ever come across. I highly recommend it along with other books by Emerick, like A Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam. Along with that I would also recommend the iTunes audio lecture titled The Purpose of Life by Jeffery Lang. Enjoy!!
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on March 13, 2011
This one of the best translations of the the Quran that I have read. It is in very readable English with footnotes that gives historical details to many verses. I am often asked by others for a good English translation and will definitely recommend this one.
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on December 15, 2010
This translation of the Holy Quran is exactly what I was looking for. I've read several other translations and because this one guides the reader along the text as to what issues or situations the revelations were addressing makes this one the most valuable. Alhumdu'lillah!
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on September 18, 2010
Mr. Emerick takes the time to not only translate the text into modern english but to also provide a historical background information so that the reader has a context in which to understand the revalations.

Too often the Qur'an is taken out of context and used to promote the agenda of the person quoting the information(whether it be pro or con). This book should help provide a truer understanding of the Qur'an and the context of the guidance it provided and continues to provide.
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on March 8, 2011
Emerick has delivered a translation of the Quran that is much more approachable to the modern reader. Easy to read and filled with useful footnotes and commentary, it also gives a smattering of historical context that catches your interest. For example, I didn't know that Noah was also called Zoroaster by several subsequent civilizations.

Although i think its important to familiarize yourself with a more archiac text that offers more perspective on the poetry and syntax of the Quran, this is a great book for someone looking to get to know the Quran to pick up. Its also not very big (i hear, since i have the kindle version this doesn't really matter:) so can be picked up and carried around with ease. Great to delve into when you want to refer something quickly or want a quick read of a chapter or two. I still haven't read the whole book, But the chapters i did read were well crafted and even divided into broad based subject matter in certain places
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on December 17, 2012
These comments are really directed at the Kindle format of this book. On the Kindle it is difficult to tell the text from accompanying commentary or explanations. I find the Kindle to be exasperating to navigate for book like this. I have a Bible in Kindle format and the same problems apply.
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on November 23, 2011
Yahya Emericks translation is well accepted and unlike others normally does not find a lot of criticism, it is not the best however in terms of ease of reading and understanding. I still prefer Quran Made Easy: Complete English Translation with Inline Commentary however because it is easier to understand and the commentary flows with the translation without needing to resort to the footnotes.
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on June 9, 2015
Very accessible translation. I really appreciate and value the added commentary before each chapter as well as the footnotes. The footnotes are especially important because they provide the historical context behind certain verses and help clarify common misunderstandings.
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