anyone suggest a good version of the koran?
I'm sure there are better or worse translations. could someone suggest a good one?
I got a free one from CAIR several years ago. Not sure if they still offer them. I was taking a Middle East Studies class at the time and my Muslim instructor said it was one of the best translations available. It has the Arabic along with the English translation.
I'm just assuming there are different translations, they may all be the same
You might be better off finding a translation on the internet –– it would likely be the most contemporary wording of things.
All of the Koran scriptures I've read have been difficult to read to the point that I was almost convinced I should learn Arabic instead. Let's not forget artistic elements like poetry that get in the way (same goes for reading parts of the Torah).
HOWEVER, the most literal translations are likely the best (just as I find for the Bible). The closer you are to the original language, the closer you can get to understanding the context and culture.
I was told that The Koran Interpreted by Arthur Arberry, direct from Arabic to English, was the truest English version. For what it is worth, I was told this by the man who gave me my copy, who is a Sunni Muslim.
the yusuf ali is pretty standard,but reading the thing is terrible. its a garbled mess and reads like a schizophrenic wrote it,if a god sent that down he needs professional help. at least the bible has a better story form.
You could check one out at your library, that's what I did. It was translated by a British Prof, don't remember the name.
He even rearranged the books to make it easier to understand and it was still a chore to finish. That's all I'll say about