A major new translation of the sacred text of Islam.
The Qur?an, or literally ?recitation,? is the central religious text of Islam and the holy book of the Muslim faith. Originally composed in Arabic in the seventh century, the Qur?an collects the divine revelations passed down to the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel over many years after his first vision in a cave. In 114 chapters, or suras, the Qur?an provides the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to Muslims today?most important, the key Islamic values of prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, and absolute faith in God, with profound spiritual guidance on matters of marriage and family, crime and punishment, rituals, food, warfare, and charity.
With an estimated 1.8 billion members globally, Islam remains the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. And in light of the current upheavals in the Islamic world, there is a growing English-language audience eager to read and understand Islam and the Qur?an.
This new English translation by one of the foremost scholars of Islamic history, Tarif Khalidi, conveys the powerful language of the Qur?an and retains the rhythms and structure of the original Arabic. It brings to life for readers in English one of the world?s most influential sacred texts, forming a revelatory introduction to the prophetic narratives central to Muslim belief.
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Tarif Khalidi was born in Jerusalem in 1938. He received degrees from University College, Oxford, and the University of Chicago, before teaching at the American University of Beirut as a professor in the Department of History from 1970 to 1996. In 1985 he accepted a one-year position as senior research associate at St Anthony's College, Oxford, and from 1991 to 1992 was a visiting overseas scholar at St John's College, Cambridge. In 1996, Tarif Khalidi left Beirut to become the Sir Thomas Adams' Professor of Arabic at Cambridge University, the oldest chair of Arabic in the English-speaking world. He was also Director of the Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. After six years, Professor Khalidi returned to the American University of Beirut, taking on the Sheikh Zayed Chair in Islamic and Arabic Studies, the first chair to be filled at the University since the civil war.
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"An eloquent and eminently readable translation . . . much closer to the way the first Muslims experienced the Qur'an."
-Reza Aslan, author of Zealot
" While being faithful to the original, [Khalidi] succeeds in conveying linguistic shifts, from narrative to mnemonic, sermons to parables. And there is an innovative component: it is the first translation that tries to capture both the rhythms and the structure of the Qur'an. . . . This translation manages to give a glimpse of the grandeur of the original. . . . A magnificent achievement."
-Ziauddin Sardar, The Guardian (London)
"What sets Khalidi apart from his predecessors is his sensitivity to the sounds and many layers of meaning of the original as well as his skill in conveying them to an anglophone audience...Khalidi's introduction and bibliographic note are marvelously succinct, explaining the textual nature and structure of the Qur'an, its place in Muslim life, and providing a very useful summary of recent research and further reading...a landmark in the history of English translations of the Qur'an."
--Ziad Elmarsafy, Times Literary Supplement
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Book Description Viking Books, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. The Qur'an, litterally "the recitation," is considered within the Muslim faith to be the infallible word of God. Passed down in a series of revelations over many years to the Prophet Muhammad by the Archangel Gabriel, these divine teachings provide the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to Muslims today -- including core Islamic values of prayer, pilgrimage, fasting, and spiritual guidance on marriage, family, crime, punishment, rituals, charity, and warfare. In 114 chapters, or suras, we gain a keen insight into seventh-century Arabia and how its people considered attitudes toward friendship, love, loyalty, and the natural world. We also encounter popular figures in Christian and Jewish religions -- such as Adam, Moses, Jesus, and John the Baptist -- who are regarded, like Muhammad, as prophets and whose stories are recorded in the gospels and the Torah. Tarif Khalidi, the foremost scholar of Islamic history and faith, provides a fresh English translation that captures the startling, exquisite poetry of one of the world's most beloved religious texts. Retaining the structure and rhythms of the original Arabic and including an engaging introduction, Khalidi enlivens the ancient teachings and prophetic narratives central to the Muslim faith and solidifies the Qur'an as a work of spiritual authority and breathtaking beauty. Bookseller Inventory # 000274
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