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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Bilingual edition (22 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691074992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691074993
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In one of the most popular English versions of the Qur'n, Ahmed Ali has succeeded in bringing all of the subtlety, depth, and spiritual power of Islam into his translation of this peerless scripture. Without distorting the English, Ali, a highly regarded author in his own right, renders the poetry of the original Arabic into lines of elegance and rhythm. . . . For the curious, the convert, or the devout, Ahmed Ali's Al-Qur'n will bring all readers closer to the glory of God."--Brian Bruya, Amazon.com

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"This translation of the Qur'n aims at doing something new--it seeks to bring out the original rhythms of the Quranic language and the cadences. It also departs from traditional translations in that it gives more refined and differentiated shades of important concepts."--Fazlur Rahman, University of Chicago


"Ahmed Ali's work is clear, direct, and elegant--a combination of stylistic virtues almost never found in translations of the Qur'n. His is the best I have read."--F. E. Peters, New York University



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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr.T.Hussain on 31 July 2003
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I recieved the book a while ago and have started to read the brave attempt by Ahmed Ali to translate the magnificent Quran from its original Arabic supremacy of style, content and wording which can not be matched.
I have read other attempts before of the translation of the Quran but at first glance the wording seemed very "latin-esq" (very offputiing) and used very very old English words as substututes which not only makes the reading hard but over time increasingly annoying. The Arabic and English sit side-by-side and odd footnotes are scattered across the translation to help the reader make more sense of some areas of reading.
Although the picture of the cover of the book seems dull, upon seeing it i can say that it has a beautiful front cover and back. Due to the copying clarity in the picture, you can not really tell the intrecate lace of gold that makes the cover shimmer and reflect light falling onto it. The only downshot is that its a paperback and a hard-back would have been more suited to the content I think - but nevertheless the paperback does not for one second undermine its status.
For a practicing Muslim in the UK such as myself - who is of Bangladeshi origin, who can read Arabic but can not fully understand the meaning and truth behind what he is reading, Al-Quran, translated by Ahmed Ali is an excellent starter to further uncover the truth. If anyone is considering of purchasing a translation of the Quran, i strongly recommend this edition.
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This was the first Quran I read...and remains the best and the most accessible. I have three copies of the Quran, each is different, but still Ahmed Ali's continues to be the one I return to. Too bad I can't seem to get this on my kindle!
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If you want a contemporary translation of the Qur'an I think this is one of the best. It gives an esoteric interpreation of the Qur'an.
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