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The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an Paperback – August 9, 2010
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Original Language: Arabic --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I can't recommend a better edition of the Qur'an to those of us who are non-Muslims but who wish to know more about Islam.
I am extremely disappointed that all recent versions published after 9/11 have many changes in the translation and commentary, all made in the name of modernization and revision. But unfortunately these changes are in such key topics e.g. women dress code and usury that do not do justice with the open mindedness of the Quranic Arabic text. Abdullah Yusuf Ali's commentary was already very modern, comprehensive and open minded and hence there was no reason for his commentaries to be revised or modernized by any publisher. There was no reason to add the cultural and Muslim native land's influence into these revised editions by the publishers after 9/11.
Abdullah Yusuf Ali had benefited from the Muslim historians and Quran commentators belonging to the 8th till 14th century CE and written an exceptionally versatile translation and commentary that tries to match the Superior Quranic Arabic text and its wider meaning. Unfortunately new publishers have revised and deleted the portions in the commentary where Abdullah Yusuf Ali had mentioned key facts of the historical background for better understanding of the context of verses. These versions misguide the new generation by brain washing them into cultural influence and neglecting the original historical background.Read more ›
Not knowing Arabic myself, I can't comment on the accuracy of the translation. But 'Ali's version has a stately, classic quality. There are passages of real majesty and poetic grace. The translator uses archaic terms like "thou" and "verily," but I think they have a poetic effect and don't hurt this version's readability.
'Ali's footnotes are admittedly one-sided; they are written from an explicitly Muslim perspective, rather than a neutral or interfaith standpoint. Still, the footnotes are often very informative, even fascinating, as he puts passages in context and discusses theological and linguistic points.
Regarding the Qur'an itself: because it is a sacred text to over a billion people and has had such a profound impact on world history, I assert that it is essential reading for any person, regardless of religious belief, who wants to be an educated citizen of the world. The Qur'an has an epic quality. It is an intriguing mix of poetic ecstasy and down-to-earth concerns.
The Qur'an is an intensely self-conscious text; it constantly refers to itself, asserting its claim of divine origin and claiming a relationship to older divine revelation. Those familiar with Jewish and Christian scriptures will find the stories of familiar figures (Abraham, Moses, Jesus, etc.) retold in the Qur'an, but often with a twist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very poorly made copy of this work that does no reverence to the source material. You're better off finding a different copy of this transliteration. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phillip A Carter
I didn't read anything yet but my rating doesn't have to do with that.
But it does have to do with the fact that you read it from left to right rather than right to left. Read more
Ridiculous. It looked like it was photo copied the day it shipped.Published 4 months ago by krystal
The best English translation of the Quran I have read. Great footnotes and highly encouraged to new Muslims. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mashallah excellent work !! The summary and explanation is more than a few lines and gives you the background of that episode thus giving you a larger picture of the situation and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by unitycrown