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The Qur'an: Text, Translation, and Commentary [Hardcover]

Abdullah Yusuf Ali
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June 1 1998
Containing the full Arabic text of the Qur'an, an accompanying English translation, and extensive commentary, this is a compilation of the Muslim faith's Final Revelation from God to mankind through the last Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him. The Qur'an has a wealth of information—both worldly wisdom and intellectual concepts—providing a code of life for humankind generally and Muslims in particular. Indeed, the Qur'an's miracle lies in its ability to offer something to non-believers and everything to believers. This elegantly-packaged edition includes a ribbon marker and is fully indexed.

This is a 2012 reprinting of the 1987 edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important available translation Dec 12 2007
Format:Hardcover
This translation is important because it forms the basis of the translation authorized by Saudi Royal family and published under the imprimatur of the Presidency of the Departments of Ilamic Researches Ifta Call and Guidance. As such it will be printed extensively and made available extensively at no cost. I am already reading a copy provided at no cost by His Excellancy Someone (who can keep track The man had seventy sons) ibn Abdul Aziz. In this respect it offers a baseline for any discussion of the text and its meaning(s). Of course careful scholarship is in a position to challenge the meaning of any word, or phrase or verse and should do so. Nevertheless there must be some starting point and this translation is a good choice because of its provenance with respect to Sunni and Wahabi points of view and its probable availability if not ubiquity in years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sign of Allah's Mercy for the Non-Arab humanity March 1 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
By Allah's Grace, Mercy and Will, author A. Yusuf Ali made it possible for all Non-Arabic speaking Muslims and all nations of all times to read the original verses from The Holy Quran alongwith the meaning and understand as far best possible its interpretations which open the doors to the path of righteousness for those in search thereof.
A Blessing and a gift unparrallel!
May Allah grant A.Yusuf Ali a reward unparralell! Ameen.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better translations available Sept. 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The Quran is a beautiful text. The verses show complicated rhyming schemes, meters, consonance, and alliteration. When read in Arabic, the text has an undeniable flow that lets you anticipate the next verse based on what you are currently hearing. Verses are structured to contrast against one another through simple word replacements. I find myself pausing in awe at times when reciting the Arabic.
What makes the Ali translation so unfortunate is more than his questionable interpretations (every translation inevitably cannot convey the full meaning of the arabic), rather its his stubborn attempt at trying to mimic the Bible.
Ali convulutes the text by injecting olde english phrases and needless subrodinate clauses to try to replicate the feel you get when reading the New Testament.
So instead of getting a smooth reading text, you are left with individual verses that don't mesh together and stand alone. Technically his verses convey the meaning of the Quran, but with none of the grace and style of the original.
The Arabic Quran's style is an asset. Ali's english Quran's style is a liability. Other Quran's dispense with the Bible mimicry and give a straight translation. Of those I recommend the Ozek version (Translation committee)<
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An obscure translation for the modern reader Feb. 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I would not recommend this translation. M.H. Shakir uses awkward sentence structures and he further complicates a readers efforts by failing to translate the meaning of certain Arabic words. Unfortunately, there are no footnotes to at least give a general explaination of the meaning of these words. I decided to write down the untranslated, unexplained words so I could find them in a dictionary however, after encountering several untranslated words and awkward phrases within the first 7 Suras I gave up. Apparently there is an earlier edition that contains footnotes but I'd rather spend my money on a different translation at this point.
I've read translations of ancient texts (Odessey, Plato, Dante's Inferno and Purgatio (3 separate translations), The Aeneid, Parsifal) and I've never encountered this problem before. I began to wonder if the translater was deliberately trying to obscure the meaning of the text or confuse the reader.
I've bought the Pickthall translation hoping to finally understand the Koran. Maybe, I'll be able to understand its meaning after reading and comparing the two separate translations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get a better Understanding July 11 2003
By "uskid"
Format:Hardcover
If a person wants to get a etter understanding of Quran then this is the best translation of the meaning of Quran. Ihaveother copies bu this copy gives a much better understanding.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An obscure translation for the modern reader Feb. 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I would not recommend this translation. M.H. Shakir uses awkward sentence structures and he further complicates a readers efforts by failing to translate the meaning of certain Arabic words. Unfortunately, there are no footnotes to at least give a general explaination of the meaning of these words. I decided to write down the untranslated, unexplained words so I could find them in a dictionary however, after encountering several untranslated words and awkward phrases within the first 7 Suras I gave up. Apparently there is an earlier edition that contains footnotes but I'd rather spend my money on a different translation at this point.
I've read translations of ancient texts (Odessey, Plato, Dante's Inferno and Purgatio (3 separate translations), The Aeneid, Parsifal) and I've never encountered this problem before. I began to wonder if the translater was deliberately trying to obscure the meaning of the text or confuse the reader.
I've bought the Pickthall translation hoping to finally understand the Koran. Maybe, I'll be able to understand its meaning after reading and comparing the two separate translations.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected Jan. 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
What I wanted was a modern translation of the Qur'an that was easy to read and understand. What I got was a translation full of "thees and thous" that reads from the back to the front, more than a little disconcerting to a non-Muslim. My intention was to attempt to understand the Muslim religion as it truly is, without any politically-correct "spin" put on the text. The fact is, to get the true meaning, one must be able to read the text in the original language, Arabic. My quest for understanding will unfortunately wind up in my rather large "unfinished book" pile.
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Published on June 10 2004 by john warren
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I give this book 4 stars because I believe that the author did a great job for translating the Quran from the Arabic text. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives a person an understanding.
I brought this book for the purpose of finding out about the Islamic faith. What I have read so far is an eye-opener (and I'm not talking about having to read the book backwards!). Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a holy book, a devine constitution for everyone
The quran is not just a holy book that muslims keep, if you read through it you'll find that it's sort of a constitutional guide for everyone. Read more
Published on July 10 2002 by Marwan Zaki
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice try at sugar-coating the poison
I'm always amazed when people try to portray this evil in a positive light. What irks me is that this book gives the false appearance of being well-researched, but it's really... Read more
Published on April 14 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Arabic and I'm Muslim
I'm Arabic and I'm Muslim, and the verse "Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2002 by Ali Ateya Abdali Neama
5.0 out of 5 stars Rattemause write the truth or dont write anything at all!
There is only one thing i can agree on with Rattemause, that is that this indeed is a fine translation of The Holy Quran. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2001 by Omar Badri
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