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Sunday, February 26, 2006

MPwI 2 7/8 - The Qur'an

Just a quick preliminary post. I am aware that, to a Muslim, the Qur'an ONLY exists in Arabic, and that any translation is properly referred to as "The Meaning of the Qur'an." I am not using that convention. I do not read Arabic, so when i refer to the Qur'an, I am referring to one of the four translations available to me, the Palmer, Pickthal, and Yusuf Ali (on the wonderful Internet sacred-texts website

and the Shakir, available on

(The Palmer translation includes a lengthy introduction dealing with the history of Mohammed and the environment in which he lived. I may mention this, but as of yet I have not had a chance to compare his comments to other sources. The Shakir translation has the advantage of being searchable.)

I have also made some use of the "Skeptic's Annotated Quran" available on

(For those of you who check this out and conclude it is a Christian plot to degrade Islam, at least see how he handles the Old and New Testaments. He's much rougher on them -- he also annotates the Book of Mormon, though he hasn't finished that yet. In fact, he totally misses the Qur'an's repeated support for a geocentric Universe. He uses the Pickthal translation, btw.)


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