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The Qur'an: A New Translation (Khalidi, 2008)

by Tarif Khalidi, Qur'an

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This is the third English translation of the Qur'an that I have read (along with those by AJ Arberry and Ahmed Ali) and I can say that this is the one that I would whole-heartedly recommend to a first-time reader.

Verse numbers are not included; this choice seems to have those first-time readers in mind, especially those with a literary bent. It is, however, an inconvenience for the serious student of the text. The text is not annotated per se but does include a helpful glossary of terms & names.

More importantly it captures and conveys the poetic aspects of the text, allowing the repetitive elements to better succeed outside of their original Arabic context.

Khalidi says that his intention was to allow modern readers "to come face to face with the Qur'anic text unencumbered by any commentary, as were its earliest listeners"; to the extent that it is possible, he seems to have accomplished this.

This edition seems set to supplant the older, much criticized though top-selling Dawood translation (1956) as the preferred Penguin edition, just as the Abdel Haleem translation (2004) has trumped the Arberry (1955) for Oxford. In both cases the newer translations have been given the more accurate/contemporary spelling "Qur'an", replacing the older English "Koran" with its Orientalist associations.

There remains the fact that for a contemporary non-Muslim reader the Qur'an is anything but a self-explanatory text, but Khalidi has helped the reader considerably with an excellent summary note on "Further Reading." ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670020230, Hardcover)

A major new translation of the sacred text of Islam.

The Qur?an, or literally ?recitation,? is the central religious text of Islam and the holy book of the Muslim faith. Originally composed in Arabic in the seventh century, the Qur?an collects the divine revelations passed down to the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel over many years after his first vision in a cave. In 114 chapters, or suras, the Qur?an provides the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to Muslims today?most important, the key Islamic values of prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, and absolute faith in God, with profound spiritual guidance on matters of marriage and family, crime and punishment, rituals, food, warfare, and charity.

With an estimated 1.8 billion members globally, Islam remains the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. And in light of the current upheavals in the Islamic world, there is a growing English-language audience eager to read and understand Islam and the Qur?an.

This new English translation by one of the foremost scholars of Islamic history, Tarif Khalidi, conveys the powerful language of the Qur?an and retains the rhythms and structure of the original Arabic. It brings to life for readers in English one of the world?s most influential sacred texts, forming a revelatory introduction to the prophetic narratives central to Muslim belief.

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A landmark new translation of the sacred text of Islam - in an elegant deluxe edition. Literally "the recitation," the Qur'an is considered within the Muslim faith to be the infallible word of God. Tarif Khalidi, the foremost scholar of Islamic history and faith, provides a fresh English translation that captures the startling, exquisite poetry of one of the world's most beloved religious texts.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140455442, 0143105884

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