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The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary

  • Bahar Davary (a1)
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The Study Quran is an impressive volume intended for scholars and teachers in various fields, as well as for students and general readers, both Muslim and non-Muslim. It is a vital addition to the existing translations of the Quran and to the not-so-vast body of commentaries on the Quran in the English language. The volume contains a comprehensive English translation and an extensive commentary on the entire Quran, as well as several essays on a range of topics, including Quranic ethics and law, branches of theology, death and dying, and art in the Quran. It includes useful appendices on hadith citations, a timeline of major events specified in the Quran, biographies of the commentators and the authors, a solid index, and a number of maps illustrating the ancient world and Arabia in the early years of Islam.

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* Editor's Note: In consultation with Dr. Davary, the editors decided to depart from the accepted scholarly transliteration of the Muslim sacred text as “Qur'an.” Instead we used the transliteration “Quran” throughout the review essay to adhere to the choice that Seyyed Hossein Nasr used in editing his volume.

1 The Alcoran of Mahomet, translated out of Arabic into French by Andre Du Ryer (London: England, 1649), https://archive.org/details/alcoranofmahomet00dury.

2 Edward Henry Palmer's translation was originally published in 1880 as part of a series of sacred texts of the East. It has been reprinted in part or its entirety by various publishers and is partially available on the Web at various sites, including: http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/sbe06/index.htm.

3 The Meaning of the Glorious Quran, trans. Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Originally published in 1930, Pickthall's translation was reprinted many times and is currently available on multiple websites, including http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/pick. Arberry, A. J., The Koran Interpreted, (London: Allen & Unwin, New York: Macmillan, 1955).

4 Qur'an: Arabic, English, Persian, trans. Safarzade, Tahere (Tehran: Soore Mehr, 2001); also available on Google books: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=cMEICgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false.

5 The Sublime Qur'an, trans. Bakhtiar, Laleh (Chicago: Kazi Publications, 2007).

6 The Qur'an: A New Translation, trans. Cleary, Thomas (Chicago: Starlatch Press, 2004).

7 The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an, trans. Ali, Abdullah Yusuf (1934), available at http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/yaq/index.htm.

8 The Message of the Qur'an, trans. Asad, Muhammad (Gibraltar: Dar al-Andulus, 1980).

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