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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2011
Unfortunately I do not have the appropriate knowledge or understanding to comment on the translation of the 114 surah. However, I found the English & Arabic to be laid out superbly. There is the nice feature of a bound bookmark for continued reading. It opens with an introductory and history of Islam and the Islamic founder and prophet, Muhammad.
The introduction not only gives a short history of Islam, but also covers the Qur'anic structure, a history of translation as well as problems in previous translations and explanations to the translation author's interpretations of certain passages. For those wishing to skip the longer history, it gives a shorter chronology of the Qur'an and a map of Arabia (612-32 CE).
For those scared of picking up a Qur'an in the fear that some terms may be lost on them, there is a useful index at the back, which I found extremely helpful.
= Further note: Added 11th November, 2013 ==
It should be noted that there is a small printing error in this edition. The error occurring on Page 112, under surah "The Feast", in which ayah 22 is given as 21, therefore causing two verses to be labelled as ayah 22. This is easily discernible however and does not compromise the quality of the text.