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The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

M. A. S. Abdel Haleem
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Haleem knows the text by heart. His intimacy with it shows in the brevity and intuitive intelligence of his solutions. (Tim Winter, Times Literary Supplement)

New Statesman, August 9, 2004

...both accessible and compelling...

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152 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Modern Translations. 17 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
I own many of the major translations (Yusuf Ali, Pikthall etc) and find this to be the best all round translation into modern English.
Whilst a short commentary exists, it doesn't take up half the page and the focus always remains on the word of God. Each surah is introduced with a few lines to outline the basic principles and happenings. The text isn't presented in seperate verses and instead appears as continuous prose with each verse numbered.
The aim of every new translation nowadays is to render the meaning in an easy to understand way and this particular translation succeeds in doing that very well. The actual book is bound beautifully and presented nicely.
This is the translation I use most now; it is very complete.
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160 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Straight Translation 30 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Most of the translations of the Qur'an are very choppy; translating the Arabic text as prose. However, this edition is very good for English speakers because it allows one to follow the stories and the arguments therein. Therefore, instead of it being difficult to comprehend due to lingustic difficulties for English speaker, it is an excellent read allowing one to understand the meanings with better understanding. I would recommend this book as a strarting point for non-Muslims as an intorduction to the Qur'an and Islam in English.
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue !! A great Piece of Work 19 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Finally, a translation of the Quraan that is both readable and accurate! This is long overdue. As an Arabic/English billingual speaker, I have long been frustrated by old fashioned inaccurate translations. I stumbled across this one by chance, and all I can say to the author is - Thank you so much for your effort. I hope your book takes over as the most widely accepted translation of the Quran.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am Christian and have never read any version of the Qur'an before so have no comparison,and I have only read the first 5 sura's(sections)so far, but I would highly recommend this version to anyone who (like me ) was curious to find out the truth about what exactly it did sanction. Non Muslims tend to believe that it sanctions violence against the rest of the non Muslim world. This is completely untrue. This is a misconception fuelled by terrorists to justify violence. i was surprised to find that it also tells Muslims that not only is this the word of Allah (God)but that the(Christian) Holy Bible and (Jewish) Torah are in fact ALSO the word of god. The word Islam explained IN context in the Arabic Holy Qur'an actually means "complete devotion/submission to God." Isn't this what the Holy Bible and the Torah say too? The Qur'an refers the Christians and Jews as "People of the book" and forbids arguments between Muslims and anyone who believes in the one true God. I know a few Muslim people and this book has given me a better insight into their beliefs. It has made me realise that we have much more in common than we have to differ about. I can hardly put this book down it is so interesting. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has any opinions on religion, negative or positive. It will open your eyes and make you ask questions but not in a bad way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! 19 Jan 2014
By Tania
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this translation under the recommendation of Shaykh Yahya Rhodus and Suhaib Webb. It is certainy my favourite because of how accessible the language and layout is. If you're someone who is looking into Islam, or wants to understand the Qur'an better, the this is the most appropriate translation I believe. However even as a born muslim who cannot understand arabic, this translation has really helped me to understand the verses better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interpretation of the Quran in simple english 15 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
This translation of the Quran is the best I have found in simple English. The author has tried his best to put it in a way that normal english speakers can understand. Unlike other translation which uses archaic english.

Althought this cannot bring the beauty and style that are mainatined in the orginal arabic text, which can better be seen in other translation, I would recommend this for Non-Muslims and Muslims alike if you are looking to read the Quran in english. I have already given this for 5 of my non-muslim friends.

Thanks for reading my review.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I recently bought this translation after having used Dawood's translation for some time. I must say the ease of using this one is enormous compared to Dawood's. The chapters are in the same order as the Arabic version. Each chapter begins with a small introduction giving the context. The verses are numbered but not cut into separate sentences, rather the prose flows to make sense. Some important footnotes clarify complex linguistic issues in translation as well as provide historical background if needed. Overall the translation is a pleasure to read and reflects the true spirit of Islam. I would strongly recommend it to anyone - Muslim or non-Muslim.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Up until now, I've always had a problem with the Qur'an. Countless authorities have claimed it as the masterpiece of classical Arabic prose, in much the same way that the King James Bible is sometimes regarded in a similar light by fans of English. But I can't read Arabic, so I have to use a translation, and every translation of the Qur'an that I've ever tried to read has been in what seemed to my eye like a poor imitation of biblical English. The result was that I could never understand why so many Muslims hold the book in such esteem. Thanks to M.A. Abdel Haleem's extraordinary work, it's no longer quite such a mystery to me.

The language seems fresh and vivid and powerful. This is surely the most significant translation into English of a major religious text since the Jewish Publication Society's magisterial version of the Tanakh in the mid-80s. You don't have to be a religious person to admire and even enjoy the writing purely as literature; I'm not at all, but at last I can do both. The introduction is very interesting about the different historical layers of the text, indicating where the Prophet changed his mind about this and that, and also demonstrating how certain verses (about, for example, Muslims' right to defend themselves when attacked in certain holy places) have been taken out of context and used to justify murder. Nothing new about the word of god being used to justify human crimes - the other two great Religions of the Book have been doing it for millennia - but since so much writing about Islam in English is either apologetic (if it's by a Muslim) or ignorant (if it's by a non-Muslim), it's refreshing to have someone let the rest of us witness Islam arguing with itself in such a civilised, humane and intelligent way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I would recommend this to every one. It is an easy read and easy to understand.
Published 7 days ago by Ghazala Bi
5.0 out of 5 stars ... the translations i have read this was the most easy to understand
out of all the translations i have read this was the most easy to understand. cannot recomment it enough!
Published 7 days ago by Ameera
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb translation
I bought this to wise up on Islam, I can recomend to anyone who is interested, particularly in todays religious climate, I still haven't read it fully, but every time I look at a... Read more
Published 13 days ago by markdespark
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.
Assalaamu Alaikum. By far the most understandable translation of the Qur'an into English I've come across. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Megg
4.0 out of 5 stars as recommended by nouman ali khan
I read this book in anticipation. It was a great read, easy intro to the Quran.If you cant read the whole translation this gives a concise summary. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tokyo24
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Was not in the condition I thought it might be but was very readable and easy to understand as it had loads of explanatory points.
Published 1 month ago by Mariam
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for rediscovering the Qur'an
This was a recommendation from Ustaz Ust Nouman Ali Khan for Muslims looking to rediscover and connecting the Qur'an again in conjunction with the resources in Bayyinah.tv.
Published 1 month ago by Maritz Mansor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quran review
The translation of the Quran is quite easy to understand and as I bought the kindle version I can read the Quran anywhere and at anytime I like and also find the meanings of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sumaya Rahman
3.0 out of 5 stars No Arabic text, all in English
I've tried very hard to get into this translated version of the Quran. For me, it lacks in something. I didn't quite feel like I was reading a Quran. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Layla
3.0 out of 5 stars Hell Sounded Better Anyway.
I've finally read the Qur'an. All the Muslims I've had theological discussions with tell me I can't "get" God until I've read the testimony of their Prophet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John L
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62The [Muslim] believers, the Jews, the Christians, and the Sabiansa—all those who believe in God and the Last Day and do good—will have their rewards with their Lord. &quote;
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The truly good are those who believe in God and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their relatives, to orphans, the needy, travellers and beggars, and to liberate those in bondage; those who keep up the prayer and pay the prescribed alms; who keep pledges whenever they make them; who are steadfast in misfortune, adversity, and times of danger. These are the ones who are true, and it is they who are aware of God. &quote;
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