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What is the Quran: Message of the Quran in Simple English

Abdur Raheem Kidwai (Translator)

What is in the Quran? Message of the Quran in Simple English presents the meaning and message of the entire Quran in clear, easy-to-understand English. Apart from the translation of the Quranic text into simple English, it also contains brief explanatory notes for those new to the Quran and Islam, which help in following better the contents of the Quran.

This revised and expanded edition carries more than 400 explanatory notes, including 200 new ones, which elucidate things Quranic. This work introduces to readers the Quranic worldview, particularly, its position on such current issues as gender parity, peaceful coexistence, pluralism, social relationships with family and friends, and reaching out to the underprivileged.

This work stands apart from those generally available English translations of the Quran which, being too literal or sectarian, hinder readers from understanding the Quran, the most widely read book in the world. It has all along been the book of guidance and law for billions of people and stands out as a literary masterpiece par excellence in Arabic, which has set the hallmarks of the Arabic language and literature.

The extensive subject index in this book will help readers locate easily what the Quran says, as for example, on women, social relations, peaceful coexistence, morals and manners, death and the afterlife, messengers of God, Islamic beliefs and practices, religious duties, charity, forgiveness, and the concept and attributes of God in Islam.

Many of the existing translations of the Quran, being literal, fail to convey the message of the Quran. This book attempts to present in simple, fluent English the paraphrase of the meaning and message of the Quran, without claiming to be an exact translation. It, however, does not deviate from the intended meaning of the Quranic text. This new translation, together with its brief explanatory notes and bibliography, will help those who are new to the Quran and Islam.

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About the author

Abdur Raheem Kidwai

Professor Abdul Reheem Kidwai is the Director of K.A. Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies, apart from being Professor of English and Director, UGC Human Resource Development Centre at the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. His areas of special interest are: English and Urdu language and literature, Literary Orientalism and Quranic Studies. He has to his credit two Ph.D.s in English, one from the University of Leicester, UK, and the other from the AMU, around 40 years teaching experience and more than 30 books. some of his works published by Viva are: Literary Orientalism: A Companion (2013), What is in the Quran? Message of the Quran is Simple English (2013), Believing Critical Eassy on British Muslim Fiction (co-edited, 2016), Orientalism in English Literature: Perception of Islam and Muslim (2016) and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Muslim Renaissance Man of India (edited,2017).

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Bibliographic information

Title What is the Quran: Message of the Quran in Simple English
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.01.2019
Edition Revised ed.
Publisher Viva Books
Language: English
isbn 9789388653237
length 436p., 25cm.