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Favorite Quran interpretation
02-07-2018, 01:16 PM
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Favorite Quran interpretation
What's the best (for any subjective meanings of "best") English interpretation of the Quran? Also, as a secondary question, what's the preferred transliteration: Quran, Qur'an, Koran, or does nobody care?

I don't read any Arabic, so I have no real way to evaluate the accuracy of the Quran in English. I've read Muhammad Asad's English translation and currently use Haleem's translation published by Oxford. There are lots of English translations/interpretations available and I'm curious if anyone (particularly readers of Arabic) has an opinion about any of them.
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02-07-2018, 02:18 PM
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Maybe Isa can give You a good answer, I read Arabic and I don't really the English translation unless I have to.
Regarding the name, speaking for myself, I couldn't care less. Call it Quran or Qur'an but I think the second is the most accurate because the "a" in the middle should be stressed.

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02-07-2018, 02:56 PM
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(02-07-2018 02:18 PM)KAYSER Wrote:  Maybe Isa can give You a good answer, I read Arabic and I don't really the English translation unless I have to.
Regarding the name, speaking for myself, I couldn't care less. Call it Quran or Qur'an but I think the second is the most accurate because the "a" in the middle should be stressed.

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02-07-2018, 03:03 PM (This post was last modified: 02-07-2018 03:06 PM by muhammad_isa.)
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RE: Favorite Quran interpretation
I tend to use "Marmaduke Pickthall" as it is concise. I read it alongside the Arabic script.
It lacks footnotes, but there are other translations to compare when you are not sure about the interpretation.


Even better, "Ibn Kathir" has several volumes on Qur'an interpretation (Tafsir). An English translation is available.

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02-07-2018, 08:09 PM
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RE: Favorite Quran interpretation
(02-07-2018 03:03 PM)muhammad_isa Wrote:  I tend to use "Marmaduke Pickthall" as it is concise. I read it alongside the Arabic script.
It lacks footnotes, but there are other translations to compare when you are not sure about the interpretation.


Even better, "Ibn Kathir" has several volumes on Qur'an interpretation (Tafsir). An English translation is available.

Thanks for both suggestions. I always worried that Pickthall's and Asad's translations were popular in the West simply because they were Europeans, but I wasn't really in a position to judge their merits myself. I also thought that Asad had a tendency to seek less violent interpretations than other translations for a number of verses and I was worried that he was sanitizing things for European consumption.
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02-07-2018, 11:04 PM
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Once I heard a convert say, if you really want to understand the Quran, you should read at least 3 translations

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02-08-2018, 11:28 AM
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It strikes me that the info in this thread is really important and might help many other posters. I'm going to sticky this thread so it doesn't get lost.
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02-10-2018, 12:58 AM
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Baha'is don't really have a favorite translation of the Qur'an but personally I like the translation by Muhammad Asad. It's notation is complete and just has a resonance for me. After that I like A. Yusuf Ali. It's also well annotated.

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02-10-2018, 04:07 AM
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(02-10-2018 12:58 AM)arthra Wrote:  Baha'is don't really have a favorite translation of the Qur'an but personally I like the translation by Muhammad Asad. It's notation is complete and just has a resonance for me. After that I like A. Yusuf Ali. It's also well annotated.

It's funny that you say that, because I rather felt the same way. It reads so easily in English that I was afraid it was too much of a paraphrase. Plus, I like the physical book. My Asad copy is a huge hardcover that I got from CAIR ten or so years ago and the bulk helps me feel like I'm reading something profound. My Oxford edition is electronic. It's easier to refer to and look things up, but doesn't feel the same to read.
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