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on December 8, 2008
Having had this translation and commentary for some time now, I can offer a complete revision of my initial review for this book. The translation I feel is generally one of the most faithful to the Arabic text. All translations have their shortcomings, but this is certainly one of the better ones (unlike, say, Yusuf Ali's well-known translation which I really feel is something of an interpretive travesty I hate to say). However, the commentary has an excessively Shi'a bent. Normally, I would not mind this since the commentator makes it pretty clear that he's going to give a Shi'a commentary. However, you get the feeling that the author sometimes goes so out of his way to promote a Shi'a point of view that he is flat out incorrect (or close to it) on several points, even falling outside the Shi'a mainstream on quite a number of occasions. That said, one nice thing about this commentary is that it does provide the context in which certain verses were revealed, and generally does so accurately, and that is to be commended as it is fundamental to understanding the text. Minus 1-star for the excessive Shi'a slant, but otherwise a very helpful book.
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