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4.0 out of 5 stars Quran : A Reformist Translation, 7 Oct 2010
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Compared to popular translations such as Abdullah Yusef Ali and N J Dawood. This translation attempts to understand the Quran by using the Quran itself and not by recourse to sayings and actions attributed to Muhammad, known as Hadith and Sunnah . The authors have tried to tackle many controversial verses such as 4:34 which is traditionally understood as permission to beat ones wife and verse 4:127 which is interpreted by some as sanctioning marriage to underage orphans. These and other issues are covered at the beginning of the book. The book uses modern english and therefore may be easier to read than other translations that sometimes use archiac terms or structure.The propective buyer should be aware that this translation, in addition to the actual Quran, includes extensive appendices which cover the authors musings on issues such as Salat(ritual muslim prayer), Heaven and Hell(are they eternal or not?) and Abortion(under what circumstances is it allowed?). The disputed 'miraclous' numerical Quranic code of 19 and the mysterious arabic initials which headline a number of the chapters within the Quran are also touched on. All this gives the casual reader,staunch Darwkinist atheist and dyed in the wool Taliban/Al Queda member a LOT of food for thought.
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