The Qur'an, literally "the recitation," is considered within the Muslim faith to be the infallible word of God. Passed down in a series of revelations over many years to the Prophet Muhammad by the Archangel Gabriel, these divine teachings provide the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to Muslims today -- including core Islamic values of prayer, pilgrimage, fasting, and spiritual guidance on marriage, family, crime, punishment, rituals, charity, and warfare. In 114 chapters or suras, we gain a keen insight into seventh-century Arabia and how its people considered attitudes toward friendship, love, loyalty, and the natural world. We also encounter popular figures in Christian and Jewish religions -- such as Adam, Moses, Jesus, and John the Baptist -- who are regarded, like Muhammad, as prophets and whose stories are recorded in the gospels and the Torah.
Tarif Khalidi, the foremost scholar of Islamic history and faith, provides a fresh English translation that captures the startling, exquisite poetry of one of the world's most beloved religious texts. Retaining the structure and rhythms of the original Arabic and including an engaging introduction, Khalidi enlivens the ancient teachings and prophetic narratives central to the Muslim faith and solidifies the Qur'an as a work of spiritual authority and breathtaking beauty.