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The Qur'an: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Tarif Khalidi
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Considered in Islam to be the infallible word of God, The Qur'an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel in a series of divine revelations over many years after his first vision in the cave. In 114 chapters, or surahs, it provides the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to Muslims today - most importantly the key Islamic values of prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and absolute faith in God, with profound spiritual guidance on matters of kinship, marriage and family, crime and punishment, rituals, food, warfare and charity. Through its pages, a fascinating picture emerges of life in seventh-century Arabia, and from it we can learn much about how people felt about their relationship with God and their belief in the afterlife, as well as attitudes to loyalty, friendship, race, forgiveness and the natural world. It also tells of events and people familiar to Christian and Jewish readers, fellow 'People of the Book' whose stories are recorded in the Gospels and Torah. Here we find Adam, Moses, Abraham, Jesus and John the Baptist, among others, who are regarded, like Muhammad, to be prophets of the Muslim faith.


Editorial Reviews

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"An eloquent and eminently readable translation . . . much closer to the way the first Muslims experienced the Qur'an."
-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

Review

"An eloquent and eminently readable translation . . . much closer to the way the first Muslims experienced the Qur'an."
-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


Product Details

  • File Size: 1055 KB
  • Print Length: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (September 29, 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IPZFZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding March 18, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I picked this up because I always try new translations when they come out.

This is an accessible translation of the Qur'an, written in elegant but not pedantic English, extremely true to the Arabic without losing the poetic impact. The layout, size and format are so conducive to absorption and reading, that I stood some time in the bookstore reading before I purchased.

Among modern English translations, I think this will become a great contender.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tarif Khalidi's translation of the Qur'an is a landmark achievement that unfortunately hasn't gotten much attention in the world of Arabic and Islamic studies. But despite that, there is much to praise about this translation of the Qur'an.

In Arabic, it has often been said that there is prose and poetry, and then there is the Qur'an. Neither strictly one or the other, it is a compilation of successive revelations that often shift in style from divine narratives to humbling invocations to moving poetry.

In an attempt to remain authentic to the vigorous nature of the Arabic text, most Qur'anic translations come off as cumbersome in their wording and grammatical structure, alienating the reader. Khalidi's translation is significant in that his style adapts as the tone and tenor of the Arabic text evolves.

In a literary sense, this translation marks an evolutionary point in comparison to other available translations.

Recently, many publishers have tried to move beyond the antiquated, dark and patriarchal translations offered by orientalists such as Pickthall and N.J.Dawood (the previous Penguin translation entitled "The Koran" rather than "The Qur'an") and others like Yusuf Ali. Notable examples that we have seen include Abdel Haleem's (Oxford), Muhammad Asad, and the far superior "The Qur'an: With a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation" by Ali Quli Qarai.

But Khalidi's translation easily emerges ahead of the rest. It is accurate without being cumbersome, and most importantly, succeeds in inhabiting the literary culture of Arabic into English. With this translation, we have an English meaning of the Qur'an that better reflects how the Arabic reader perceives this text. No longer dark and patriarchal, Khalidi's translation of the Qur'an is poetic, moving and illuminated.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Translation May 9, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I desired a translation of the Qur'an which I could read through and think about on my own. This book was all that I had hoped for.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version has no verse numbers January 18, 2012
By CJS
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful translation of the Qur'an, but the method of including the verse numbers in the margins (print version) has been left out in the Kindle version. It's difficult to take off more than one star, as Khalidi's work is of such high caliber, but it is worth pointing out to those who are considering the Kindle version that you will be unable to "look up" a verse (rendering the Kindle version almost unusable for anything more than reading straight through). As far as I can tell, even the surahs are unnumbered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning more about Muslin beliefs August 9, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wanted to learn more about the belief of Muslins, and to have a better understanding of the sacred text of Islam. I am a follower of Christ, I like knowing about others belief. The best way is to read their own material.
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By Aaron H
Format:Kindle Edition
Muhammad did not obey multiple Ten Commandments - false prophet. The Quran contain's wicked falsehoods, and writings that support genocide. Muhammad was casted into Hell.

Obey Jesus Christ.

On MiracleHunter's website click apparitions and click Coptic. It is estimated over 40,000,000 (in-person and media) people saw Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ appear in Zeitun, Egypt. Muslims need to realize Christian miracles are NOT Islamic miracles. The beliefs the Christian Gospels are heavily corrupted are made up stories. All Muslim nations severely lack basic education and historical research.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A great work defecated on by this publisher August 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This translation is the most beautiful and captivating I have ever read. It moves the spirit.

Why only 1 star? For a few reasons:

1. no table of contents accessible from the menu
2. the table of contents contained in the book is not numbered
3. the verses don't have numbers

Without these it makes a daily reader like this book time-consuming to navigate. This publisher is fortunate enough to produce the greatest English translation ever only to make it painful to work with. Tarif Khalidi should assault someone for this.
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