The Koran

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Penguin Books Limited, Jan 30, 2003 - Religion - 455 pages
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The Koran is universally accepted by Muslims to be the infallible Word of God as first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel nearly fourteen hundred years ago. Its 114 chapters, or surahs, recount the narratives central to Muslim belief, and together they form one of the world's most influential prophetic works and a literary masterpiece in its own right. But above all, the Koran provides the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to the Muslim faith today: prayer, fasting, pilgrimage to Mecca and absolute faith in God.

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This is by far the best translation I've read. Read full review

Review: The Koran

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Take everything dull, dogmatic, and rant-like and shove it all in this book. It may only be 400 pages, but it feels so much longer. It has some appeal to followers of Islam, but the chapter titles are far more interesting than the content in them. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Born in Baghdad, N J Dawood came to England as an Iraq State Scholar and graduated from London University. His translation of the Tales from the Thousand and One Nights was first published as Penguin No.1001 in 1954 and has since been printed in eighteen various editions. He is best known for his translation of the Koran, the first in contemporary English idiom, which was published as a Penguin Classic in 1956.

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