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The Qur'an: A Translation [Mass Market Paperback]

M.H. Shakir
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Book Description

Jan. 7 1993
An English-only translation of the Qur'an, 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 edition is fully indexed.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A simple no-frills translation Sept. 15 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like many non-Muslims, I picked up the Qur'an in an effort to better understand Islam after the events of September 11th.
This translation satisfied my curiosity and gave me a better appreciation of Islam and it's followers.
This particular translation reads very much like a King James Bible. Repetitious entries, odd wordings, and strange terms permeate this translation. This makes sense as the author (M. H. Shakir 1866-1939 CE) was translating this for a 19th century English reader in mind. And while, at times, this makes for difficult read, it in no way detracts from the central message of Islam. The lack of any footnotes or commentary is the greatest flaw of this translation.
This isn't the translation I would recommend to the casual reader, I would suggest Pickthall's translation, but it is more than adequate for the study of basic Islamic ideas. The included index, while short, covers most of the topics a non-Muslim would be looking for in the Qur'an.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must for everybody. April 12 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Timeless... Stanning story. Must have for everybody. Qur'an is the only way of life. Unlike the vengeful untruthful Christianity bible, Qur'an is heart warming and truthful. Qur'an is the truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! Dec 11 1999
By Jehan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Holy Quran is without a doubt, the greatest single literay work ever written. It is simply a must read for every singe person on this planet.
I really can not say wether this translation by Shakir is the best or not. But I do think it is adequate, and I do not see any huge difference between this and Yusuf Ali's or Pickthall's. This is true when it comes only to the translation and not the commentary (I especially like Yusuf Ali's commentary)
But unlike the others, this book comes at an extremely fair price and it is also in a small size which means you can take it anywhere you go. That is why it is perfect for almost anyone; those who have never read the Book before or for those who are simply looking for a handy version of it they can take to work or school.
I have read many books, and I did not exaggerate in my initial comment. If you doubt what I say, get this book and find out for yourself.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A review of the Koran May 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This review will not tackle the subject of authorship of the Koran, but will answer the question, "What is the value of the Koran as a spiritual resource to Western (non-moslem) readers?" If one does not come from a background where the value of the Koran is taken for granted and highly prized, is the Koran something a seeker should buy to read for spiritual growth? My answer is that it probably is not. Much of the book consists of very authoritarian pronouncements that are meant to be accepted simply because they are said. This is the "believe me or else!" school of religion - not my favorite way of having a diety interact with me, on even my best day. There are many, many sections of this volume devoted to praising God and this got tiresome quickly. There are some curious variant readings on stories found in the Old Testament and New Testament which I found neither enlightening nor inspiring. As I had to read this in English, rather than the original Persian, I cannot tell if it is as poetic as is claimed by some. I can say, however, that this translation does not give any sense of the poetry that may or may not be in the original as it is simply servicable english. There are many very long and dry passages contained here that I could find nothing of interest in and which seemed repetitious and pointless. I finished this book with an empty feeling and some disappointment that a book with such a great reputation could leave me so unmoved or impressed. I do not know who the author of the Koran was, but it does not matter to me a bit as I will not be returning to it as a spiritual resource.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Feb. 18 2002
By Brett
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This review is not meant to offend religious people or to be a slap in the face to their religion... This book is very, very repititious, and its insights about God seem outdated to say the least. I read the Qur'an hoping to gain a deeper understanding about Islam and to maybe even learn something about the nature of any diety that might be out there, but the Qur'an helped in neither of these areas. This particular version has no footnotes of any kind to assist the reader. Believe me when I claim that unless you grew up in a culture that accepts this book as the word of God, you will have a difficult time reaching that conclusion by reading it. The two major themes are: (1) God (Allah) is wonderful, generous, and merciful; and (2) you will burn in Hell forever if you don't immediately agree that number 1 is absolute truth... While I am bashful about completely panning a book that millions find to be wonderful, the honest to God truth is that reading the entire the Qur'an probably isn't worth your time.
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