CAIRO BOOKS's Description
One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as
the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme
authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets
out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. First published in 2004, M.
A. S. Abdel Haleem's superb English translation has been acclaimed for both its
faithfulness to the original and its supreme clarity. Now Haleem's translation
is published side-by-side with the original Arabic text, to give readers a
greater appreciation and understanding of the holy book.
Revised for the new edition, this translation is written in contemporary
language that remains true to the meaning and spirit of the original, making
the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work's eloquence. It
is now set page-for-page against the most widespread traditional calligraphic
Arabic text, for the benefit of Muslims who wish to make the connection between
the translation and the Arabic text, as well as Arabic readers and non-Arabs
learning to read the Qur'an in Arabic. As in the original volume, the
translation is completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien
structures that mar other translations. Furthermore, Haleem includes notes that
explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions as well as an index in
which Qur'anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference. His
introduction traces the history of the Qur'an, examines its structure and
stylistic features, and considers issues related to militancy, intolerance, and
the subjection of women.
This brilliant bilingual edition of the Qur'an is the best available
English-language translation. It has been approved by Al-Azhar University, the
oldest Muslim university and the world's leading institution for the study of
Arabic and Islam.