FROM BACK COVER:
No book in the history of the world, with the possible exception of the Bible, has so dramatically influenced the course of civilization as the Koran. Yet no book of comparable importance has been so little understood in the West, and this must in large part be attributed to the difficulties of translation, discussed in the preface to this edition. Since its first publication in 1955, Professor Arberry's translation has come to be recognized as the best available, in that the rhetoric and artistry of the Arabic text carry over into an accurate translation in clear and lucid English.
"There are many translations of the Quran. ...A. J. Arberry, The Koran Interpreted, is the best."
-Aifred Guillaume in Islam.
Arthur John Arberry, as Head of the Department of Classics in Cairo University, acquired a firsthand knowledge of literary and social conditions in the Islamic Middle East. Between 1947 and 1969 he served as Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic at Cambridge University. He published some twenty books in Islamic studies during his lifetime, many dealing with mysticism and poetry. Professor Arberry died in England in 1969.