English translation of the Qur'an

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English translation of the Qur'an

Postby anonyM » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:25 am

Which English language translation of the Qur'an would you recommend? Are they available online? If so, where?

Many thanks!

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Re: English translation of the Qur'an

Postby brettz9 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:19 pm

There is this guidance from the House: http://bahai-library.com/quran_rodwell# ... 20RESEARCH and from the Writings: http://bahai-library.com/quran_rodwell# ... tions%20in

Those two copies (Sale and Rodwell) are available from http://bahai-library.com/quran_rodwell but other copies which may be worthwhile are not mentioned authoritatively. Pickthall's seemed interesting to me, as he was a Westerner who because a Muslim, and we have Yusufali's at http://bahai-library.com/writings/quran , though it seems this may be more of a "gentle" reinterpretation which, based on other translations, I am not sure is warranted by the original. I'm not really sure about other versions, but they may tend to endorse their own sect's viewpoint.

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Re: English translation of the Qur'an

Postby BruceDLimber » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:36 am

This isn't online, but if you'd like to obtain a large, beautifully-bound bilingual edition of the Qur'an (English and Arabic on facing pages)--the Yusif 'Ali translation, as I understand, except that all occurences of "God" have been changed to "Allah"--simply drop a postcard to the Saudi Arabian Embassy at 601 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037; and they'll be happy to send you a free copy!

Regards, :-)


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Re: English translation of the Qur'an

Postby Jonah » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:28 pm

Thanks, Bruce. The Yusuf Ali translation Bruce mentions is indeed a very handsome book: thick, well-bound, high-quality paper, lots of helpful footnotes. I used it in Arabic class in college. And free!

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Re: English translation of the Qur'an

Postby pilgrimbrent » Thu May 31, 2012 10:07 pm

I personally find Muhammad Asad's translation to be the easiest to read, and the translation that best communicates spiritual realities to the Western mind. This Wiki about him has a link at the bottom to his translation on line, or look it up on Amazon and buy the book. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Asad Brent

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