Al-Qur'an : A Contemporary Translation, Paperback Book

Al-Qur'an : A Contemporary Translation Paperback

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This bilingual edition of the Qur'an, the Holy Book of Islam, was first published in the United States in 1988.

Ahmed Ali, the distinguished Pakistani novelist, poet, critic, and diplomat, presents this elegant and poetic translation in a contemporary and living voice.

On each page, the original Arabic and the translated English sit side by side, encouraging the reader to draw from both texts.

Professor Ali also includes notes where necessary, providing the full meaning of each word and phrase.

This accessible volume is truly essential for both scholars and followers of Islam.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
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  • Category: Islam
  • ISBN: 9780691074993



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This is a good translation to read in comparison with others. Ahmed Ali deliberately chooses some unorthodox renderings of a few passages. This helps those of us who are not fluent in Arabic to get a better feel for the implications or range of meanings in the original text.