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By Admir Rasic

Is there a translation of the Quran you would recommend for non-Muslims/non-Arabic speakers?

askamuslimSince I do not speak Arabic, I understand the difficulties of finding a scholarly translation of the Quran.

I have recently purchased The Study Quran written by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and so far I think it is a great resource. The introduction is very thoughtful and thorough and the commentary is very enlightening. It is definitely pricier than most Quran translations in English, but it is also a better quality book than many others that I have read. The commentary explains the social and historical events of the Quranic verses, as well as the methodologies used by Muslims to interpret the text.

 

Admir Rasic
Admir Rasic
Admir Rasic was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina a few years before the start of the Yugoslav wars. He and his family and lived in Germany as war refugees before moving to the United States in 2000, making Spokane their new home. He is a proud dad of a 2-year-old daughter and the son of a concentration camp survivor. "I am grateful to God for all of the blessings in my life," he said. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in English Literature and enjoys playing soccer, reading books and meeting new people. His goal is to make the world a better place for his daughter.

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8 years ago

Wonderful, I will check this out. Thank you!

Andrew Wheeler
Andrew Wheeler
8 years ago

I’ll definitely check out Nasr’s Study Qur’an! My current fav is Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s interpretation with commentary, though he makes some clanky style choices.

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