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The Meaning of the Glorious Koran

By: Marmaduke William Pickthall

The Meaning of the Glorious Koran (1930) is an English Language translation of the Quran with brief introductions to the Surahs by Marmaduke Pickthall. In 1928, Pickthall took a two-year sabbatical to complete his translation of the meaning of the Quran, a work that he considered the summit of his achievement. Pickthall noted the impossibility of perfectly translating the Arabic into English, and he titled his work The Meaning of the Glorious Koran (A. A. Knopf, New York 1930). It was the first translation by a Muslim whose native language was English, and remains among the two most popular translations, the other being the work of British-Indian barrister and Shi'i scholar in the Dawoodi Bohra tradition, Abdullah Yusuf Ali.

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Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall was a British Islamic scholar noted for his 1930 English translation of the Quran, called The Meaning of the Glorious Koran. His translation of the Qur'an is one of the mo...

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