Title God’s Word, Man’s Interpretations
Subtitle A Critical Study of 21st Century English Translations of the Quran
Author Professor Abdur Raheem Kidwai
ISBN 9789387486294
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 196
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
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God’s Word, Man’s Interpretations: A Critical Study of the 21st Century English Translations of the Quran evaluates the relative strengths and weaknesses of 30 English translations of the Quran which have come out recently, between 2000 and 2017. This assessment of the Quranic scholarship adumbrates several issues: translatability of the Word of God, translators’ ideological presuppositions and intrusions, the need and relevance of the English translation and the growing trends and changes in the field to which both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars alike have vigorously contributed. It also points out how the field of English translation of the Quran now serves as a new site for forging interfaith relations.



Chapter 1. The Majestic Quran (2000)

Translation Committee

Chapter 2. The Quran: A New Translation (2004)

Cleary, Thomas

Chapter 3. The Quran: A New Translation (2004)

Haleem, M.A.S. Abdel

Chapter 4. The Quran with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2004)

Qarai, Ali Quli

Chapter 5. The Holy Quran: Arabic Text and English Translation (2005)

Omar, Amatul Rahman and Omar, Abdul Mannan

Chapter 6. English Translation of the Meaning of the Quran (2005)

Ahamed, Syed Vickar

Chapter 7. The Quran with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English (2006)

Unal, Ali

Chapter 8. The Quran Translated into English (2007)

Jones, Alan

Chapter 9. The Sublime Quran (2007)

Bakhtiar, Laleh

Chapter 10. The Gracious Quran: A Modern-Phrased Interpretation in English (2007)

Hammad, Ahmad Zaki

Chapter 11. The Quran: A Reformist Translation (2007)

Yuksel, Edip et al

Chapter 12. Towards Understanding the Ever-Glorious Quran (2008)

Ghali, Muhammad Mahmud

Chapter 13. The Quran: A New Translation (2008)

Khalidi, Tarif


Chapter 14. Meaning of the Magnificent Quran (2010)

Chaudhary, Muhammad Sharif

Chapter 15. The Noble Quran: A New Rendering of its Meaning in English (2011)

Bewley, Abdalhaqq and Aisha

Chapter 16. The Quran: Translation and Commentary (2011)

Khan, Wahiduddin

Chapter 17. The Wise Quran: A New Translation (2011)

Busool, Assad Nimer

Chapter 18. The Glorious Quran (2011)

Qadri, Tahirul Mohammad

Chapter 19. The Quran: Translated to English (2012)

Itani, Talal

Chapter 20. The Quran: The Final Book of God: A Clear English Translation of the Glorious Quran (2012)

Peachy, Daoud William S. and Al-Johani, Maneh Hammad

Chapter 21. The Quran: English Meanings and Notes (2012)

International Saheeh

Chapter 22. What is in the Quran? Message of the Quran in Simple English (2013)

Kidwai, Abdur Raheem

(i) By Tauseef Ahmad Parray

(ii) By Masoodul Hasan

(iii) By Abdur Rasheed Siddiqui

Chapter 23. Quran Translation: The Latest and Most Modern Translation of the Quran (2013)

Chaudry, Ijaz

Chapter 24. The Quran: A New Annotated Translation (2014)

Droge, A. J.

Chapter 25. The Quran (2014)

Shakir, M. H. and Al-Jibouri, Yasin T.

Chapter 26. Quran Made Easy (2015)

Elias, Mufti Afzal Hoosen

Chapter 27. The Noble Quran: Translation of the Meaning in English Language (2015)

Read Foundation

Chapter 28. Islamic Scripture: Translation / Interpretations of the Arabic Quran (2015)

Muhammad, A. L. Bilal

Chapter 29. The Quran: A Journey (2016)

Abdolah, Kader

Chapter 30. The Clear Quran: A Thematic English Translation of the Message of the Final Revelation (2016)

Khattab, Mustafa

Chapter 31. The Quran With References to the Bible (2016)

Kaskas, Safi and David Hungerford

Chapter 32. The Message: A Translation of the Glorious Quran (2017)

The Monotheist Group

Appendix: Tafsir Studies: An Assessment of the Orientalist Enterprise




About the Author:

Professor Abdur Raheem 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 in Simple English (2013), Believing and Belonging: Critical Essays on British Muslim Fiction (co-edited, 2016), Orientalism in English Literature: Perception of Islam and Muslims (2016) and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Muslim Renaissance Man of India (edited, 2017).


Target Audience:

People interested in Religion and Islamic Studies.


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