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The Koran (Dawood, 1956) by al-Qur'an
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The Koran (Dawood, 1956)

by Qur'an, N. J. Dawood (Translator), N. J. Dawood

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Earlier edition from 1974 by N.J.Dawood.
  AlanBudreau | Apr 4, 2018 |
Like most religious texts, it helps to frame the Qu'ran in context of the time it was written. And, like a lot of religious texts, there is much that never evolved. Clearly this was written by a man for the sake of men and men alone. And like the bible or other religious texts, it is rife with contradictions. The hadiths are the real problem - as with Christian apologists, there are so many interpretations of the original text - and those are the guides that seem to be fueling the violence.
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
I have no ability to judge the quality of Dawood's translation, and my knowledge of Islam is pretty superficial, so it feels more than a little presumptuous to write a review of a text that billions of people venerate as sacred. Just a few observations from a novice: the Koran is not a narrative. it is a series of revelations to the prophet Muhammad from the Angel Gabriel arranged roughly from longest to shortest. I read it straight through, but I suspect that's not the best way to approach the text. I found the shorter sections near the end much easier to dig into, and wish I had had some other reading strategy. The Koran's central teachings are repeated many times: the importance of almsgiving, faith, and submission to the will of God. For people familiar with Christianity and Judaism, it also has many interesting alternate traditions about Mary, Jesus, Abraham, and Moses. Just as with other sacred texts I've read, I found parts of it dull, parts of it obscure, and parts of it beautiful and moving. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. Yet despite the growing interest in Islamic teachings and culture, there has never been a truly satisfactory English translation of the Qur'an, until now. This superb new translation of the Qur'an is written in contemporary language that remains faithful to the meaning and spirit of the original, making the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work's eloquence. The translation is accurate and completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar existing translations. Thus, for the first time, English-speaking readers will have a text of the Qur'an which is easy to use and comprehensible. Furthermore, Haleem includes notes that explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions as well as an index in which Qur'anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference. His introduction traces the history of the Qur'an, examines its structure and stylistic features, and considers issues related to militancy, intolerance, and the subjection of women. Clearly written and filled with helpful information and guidance, this brilliant translation of the Qur'an is the best available introduction to the faith of Moslems around the world.,The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powers ofeloquence. - ;'Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know.'The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance, that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in the history of literature. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understandin its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powers of eloquence. Archaisms and cryptic language are avoided, and the Arabic meaning preserved by respecting the context of thediscourse. The message of the Qur'an was directly addressed to all people regardless of class, gender, or age, and this translation is equally accessible to everyone. -,The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the...
  Paul_Brunning | Apr 26, 2016 |
The greatest work of Islamic literture in English. A beautiful translation. If you're looking to red the Koran (in either language) I would recommend this edition. ( )
  Lukerik | Oct 8, 2015 |
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