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The Qur'an

Translated by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem

17 April 2008

ISBN: 9780199535958

512 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99



The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powers of eloquence.

  • A major new translation of the supreme authority in Islam, published at a time of intense interest in the Islamic religion and the Muslim world.
  • The translation is accurate, easy to read and free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar most existing translations. It explains stylistic features peculiar to Arabic, and offers solutions to the difficulties of rendering these into English. Respect for the immediate context and different aspects of meaning produces greater clarity of meaning; dialogue addressed to the Prophet is identified to avoid confusion. Paragraphing and punctuation have been added to assist meaning and sentence structure. The beginning of each verse is marked in small superscript type in order not to interrupt the flow or distract the reader.
  • The introduction offers a brief history of the revelation and compilation of the Qur'an, its structure and stylistic features, and considers issues of interpretation in relation to militancy, intolerance, and the subjection of women.
  • Notes explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions and cross-referencing within the Qur'an.
  • Map.
  • Index in which Qur'anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference.

About the Author(s)

Translated by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem, Professor of Islamic Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


'one of the best [translations] to have appeared in recent times' - Muslim News

'accessible and compelling...a remarkable achievement' - New Statesman