The Koran (Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 22 Feb 1990
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Across the language barrier Dawood captures the thunder and poetry of the original (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born in Baghdad, N J Dawood came to England as an Iraq State Scholar and graduated from London University. His translation of the Tales from the Thousand and One Nights was first published as Penguin No.1001 in 1954 and has since been printed in eighteen various editions. He is best known for his translation of the Koran, the first in contemporary English idiom, which was published as a Penguin Classic in 1956. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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For the curious reader unfamiliar with the Qur'an, this might be a good place to start as this edition is inexpensive, light and portable, and easy to read. The pages lack the extensive footnotes and commentaries found in more scholarly translations but this is no disadvantage to the reader who simply wants to read the text and get a flavour of the message.
As many readers will know, the Qur'an was originally "revealed" (or "channelled") in episodic bite-sized chunks known as "Suras", variously written down on palm leaves, pieces of cloth or stones, or simply committed to memory. The original Kufic script used to write all this down contained very limited vocabulary and no vowels, so various interpretations are possible and recognised by scholars as of equal merit. This is in contrast to for example the Old Testament mainly written in Hebrew, a very precise language allowing little nuance or ambiguity, and the New Testament written mainly in Classical Greek, a language with a huge vocabulary and sophisticated grammatical structure allowing precision of meaning unmatched by any other classical language.Read more ›
While there are plenty of verses suggesting that Islam is peaceful, there are many verses about Jihad in this book, with true followers being instructed to make war on the unbelievers, and if they did not convert then kill them.
One quote from Allah to the prophet Mohammed - "Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and deal with them sternly. Hell shall be their home. Evil their fate."
If you look at clear instructions to make war such as the above quotation, and then look at history, where Mohammed made war against Mecca and other countries in the holy land, you will see that Mohammed was carrying out a religious purge after being 'instructed by Allah'.
Now, if you look at the modern day terrorist organisations such as ISIS and Boko Haram, you may at first glance think that they are just groups of random nutters. Then, however, if you look at what is instructed of believers in the Qu'ran, and look at the conquests of Mohammed and his followers, you will see that these terrorist organisations are simply Qu'ran following Muslims carrying out a religious duty known as 'Jihad'.
To say that ISIS and their like are 'not real Muslims' is to say that the prophet Mohammed himself was not a real Muslim.
On that note, brace yourself before reading this, a very hateful, violent book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How can I like a book that is full of hate and violence towards the non muslim. I bought it for reference. As such it does the job. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Warden
In Arabic, the Qur'an and Sharia, Almighty God is Ilah and Allah is ‘the god’ in English.
Almighty God is Ilah, Ar Rahman, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful, the Most... Read more
I cannot comment on the quality of the translation, as if I knew how to read the arabic, I wouldn't have bought this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RK
The purpose of this review is mainly to compare translations. I've copied out the same section, the beginning of Surah 9, from several different English translations and you can... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steven Woodward
not much to say i just wanted to see the difference to the bible/what it says about the biblePublished 6 months ago by Jay
The book is OK, it's the content that is awful - so full of hate, complaint, curses and threats. A disgusting book though essential to read in order to understand Islam "from... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tim
As I have as yet read only 105 pages as I find 5 pages per night as much as I can absorb. Interesting comparing stories of Abraham with those of the Old Testament. Read morePublished 9 months ago by AK
very revealing book!! a must read for all those wishing to understand why we have terroriism in the middle east!Published 12 months ago by tj denison