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An accessible and accurate translation of the Quran that offers a rigorous analysis of its theological, metaphysical, historical, and geographical teachings and backgrounds, and includes extensive study notes, special introductions by experts in the field, and is edited by a top modern Islamic scholar, respected in both the West and the Islamic world.

Drawn from a wide range of traditional Islamic commentaries, including Sunni and Shia sources, and from legal, theological, and mystical texts, The Study Quran conveys the enduring spiritual power of the Quran and offers a thorough scholarly understanding of this holy text.

Beautifully packaged with a rich, attractive two-color layout, this magnificent volume includes essays by 15 contributors, maps, useful notes and annotations in an easy-to-read two-column format, a timeline of historical events, and helpful indices. With The Study Quran, both scholars and lay readers can explore the deeper spiritual meaning of the Quran, examine the grammar of difficult sections, and explore legal and ritual teachings, ethics, theology, sacred history, and the importance of various passages in Muslim life.

With an introduction by its general editor, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, here is a nearly 2,000-page, continuous discussion of the entire Quran that provides a comprehensive picture of how this sacred work has been read by Muslims for over 1,400 years.

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The Study Quran could not be more timely. This painstaking work will do much to enlighten and inform the reading strategies of all who seek to understand the Holy Writ of Islam, especially as it relates to the beliefs and practices of Muslims.” -- Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Practice, The University of Southern California

“A huge and significant scholarly undertaking, a major service to Islamic studies. This work solves the perennial problem of how to introduce students to the Quranic text, offering what is perhaps the closest one can get to an ecumenical exegesis of the Quran.” -- Jonathan Brown, Associate Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University

“Even the non-Arabist will gain an impression of the way specific verses have been understood. By giving attention to a wide range of commentators the editors capture the diversity and depth of the exegetical ideas that have been brought to the Quran-- a useful resource.” -- Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and at King''s College London

“A truly magisterial and the most comprehensive study of the Quran to date. Highly recommended as an unparalleled reference work for engaging the Quran in its many different aspects.” -- Asma Afsaruddin, Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington

“A monument of religious literature in its own right, The Study Quran presents the sacred text in a meticulous new English rendering. One of this ambitious project’s greatest strengths is the breadth and variety of exegetical sources and methods that inform the commentary throughout --most impressive.” -- John Renard, Professor of Medieval Islam at Saint Louis University

“A stupendous achievement. An indispensable handbook. The Study Quran contains everything readers will need. The translation is lucid and eloquent; the extensive commentaries offer continuous insight; the various essays cover virtually every aspect of the Quran. I cannot praise their collective work enough!” -- Eric Ormsby, Formerly Professor of Islamic Philosophy and Theology at McGill University''s Institute of Islamic Studies

“A major milestone for the study of the Qur’an. Elegantly written, the project is ambitious yet amply fulfills its promise. Invaluable for anyone interested in understanding the Qur’an and essential reading for students of the Qur’an at all levels.” -- Dr. Michael Sells, Barrows Professor of the History and Literature of Islam, University of Chicago

“This scholarly yet accessible work speaks directly to the tensions and misunderstandings of our gravely polarized world. It should be on the shelves of libraries and universities throughout the English-speaking world.” -- Karen Armstrong, author of Fields of Blood

“The contributors guide the reader through the intricacies of the sacred text in a way that lays bare the superficiality, selectivity and inaccuracy of some modern interpretations of the Quran at a time when this is sorely needed.” -- Karen Armstrong, author of Fields of Blood

“This impressive tome-the fruit of a patient collective venture-offers an extraordinary panoptic survey of the history of tafsir: some forty traditional commentaries-ancient and modern, Sunni and Shi’i-have been summoned here… Special mention is due to the translators of the Qur’an for their often remarkable achievement.” -- Dr. Michel Chodkiewicz, author of Seal of the Saints and An Ocean Without Shore

“A stunningly successful collaboration of scholars who have produced a modern masterpiece of clarity and eloquence. Never before in one place has so much Qur’anic scholarship been made accessible to the intelligent general reader.” -- Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College, University of Western Ontario

“An extraordinary scholarly achievement, The Study Quran brings the text to life, gently guiding readers into the exciting interpretive worlds of Muslims in all of their rich diversity.” -- Zareena A Grewal, PhD, professor of Religious Studies at Yale University

The Study Quran is a well-guided tour. The work of the editors is uniformly meticulous, comprehensive, and erudite. Whether the reader is a novice to the Quranic text, longtime student, or scholar, they will find much to reflect upon in this extraordinarily valuable resource.” -- Kristin Zahra Sands, Harlequin Adair Dammann Chair in Islamic Studies, Sarah Lawrence College

The Study Quran represents a breakthrough for bringing the message of the Quran to the English-speaking world. The translation itself is beautiful, but the commentary truly makes this an indispensable resource for anyone -- whether Muslim or non-Muslim -- who wishes to appreciate the Quran’s message.” -- Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

The Study Quran is a fascinating and pioneering academic achievement. With analytical depth and clarity, it offers to both specialist and general readers, Muslim and non-Muslim, uniquely learned insights into the reception and interpretation of Islam’s sacred scripture within the various Muslim intellectual and spiritual traditions.” -- Sebastian Günther, Professor and Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany

“This new English translation conveys the music and meaning of the Arabic. That it is accompanied by a learned commentary distilled from the highly varied classical, modern and contemporary exegetical traditions provides unparalleled access to a uniquely influential yet understudied scripture sacred to one out of four human beings.” -- Todd Lawson, Professor of Islamic Thought, University of Toronto

“A magnificent scholarly achievement, The Study Quran offers an eminently readable, thought-provoking and nuanced understanding of Islam’s sacred text that will help both Muslims and non-Muslims appreciate the richness and diversity of understandings of the Quran throughout the ages.” -- Shafique N. Virani, Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto

“The monumental The Study Quran is a truly indispensable reference. As with every sacred scripture, the meanings of the Quran are mediated by a range of interpretive traditions which have long been accessible only to Muslim scholars. Now a team of editors have provided an impressively accessible synthesis.” -- James W. Morris, Dept. of Theology and Islamic Civilization and Societies Program, Boston College

“An invaluable resource that the general reader and students of Islamic disciplines will benefit from. The wealth of detailed information it contains makes The Study Quran a valuable text in understanding the centrality of the Quran and its role in shaping the spiritual and mundane lives of Muslims.” -- Liyakat Takim, Sharjah Chair in Global Islam, McMaster University

“The publication of The Study Quran is a joyous occasion for all scripture lovers: a new English translation that celebrates the dignity and formality of sacred discourse, running commentary, and, as a very special signature, compelling and deeply instructive essays by fifteen of today’s leading scholars on Islam.” -- Peter Ochs, Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia

“A monumental milestone in the study of the Quran in western academia and a veritable touchstone of authenticity for all who are asking: what does the Quran actually say? With clarity and comprehensiveness, the editors and translators of this magnificent volume have helped distinguish the true spirit of Islamic faith.” -- Reza Shah-Kazemi, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

The Study Quran is a treasure trove of insights and information. There is nothing quite like it in English: a single volume comprising an accessible translation, a survey of classical commentaries, essays by prominent scholars, informative appendices, and multiple maps. Indeed a massive, unprecedented undertaking.” -- Mohammad Hassan Khalil, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Muslim Studies Program, Michigan State University

The Study Quran is a unique work. It provides a clear, readable translation of the Quran and detailed explanations of Quranic ideas and concepts. Its accessibility is likely to gain a large readership. An indispensable Quranic studies resource for scholar and student.” -- Mustansir Mir, Youngstown State University

“A work of extraordinary significance, The Study Quran makes accessible in English Islam’s sacred scripture along with an array of material necessary to appreciate the nuances of the text. An invaluable and much needed resource for understanding the Quran. A monumental accomplishment.” -- Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

“Never before has the depth of Quranic exegesis been available in a single volume. We can think of few tasks more urgent in the global climate than discovering the universal character of this misunderstood text. We owe the editors our profound gratitude.” -- Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, University Chair of Islamic Studies at Xavier University

“Seyyed Hossein Nasr has assembled a magnificent team of younger scholars, not only competent in Quranic studies but suffused with Muslim faith as well, to open its reaches in the world today. A prodigious effort of scholarship in the service of faith. ” -- David Burrell, Theodore Hesburgh C.S.C. Professor Emeritus in Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame

The Study Quran will remain for many decades to come the key reference work in English for students of Islamic Studies and scholars of religion alike, as well as ordinary readers interested in the spiritual content, historical context and literary monument of the revelation of Islam.” -- Dr. Leonard Lewisohn, Senior Lecturer in Persian, University of Exeter, U.K.

The Study Quran is a milestone in Islamic studies. It will become the standard reference for anyone interested in traditional Muslim interpretation of the Quran.” -- Carl W. Ernst, William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“This is perhaps the most important work done on the Islamic faith in the English language to date. We owe a great debt to Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, one of the intellectual giants of our time, and his team for bringing this labor of love to fruition.” -- Hamza Yusuf, Co-Founder of Zaytuna College

The Study Quran will be an essential book for every English speaking student of Islam and every Muslim (and every Sufi) for generations to come. It answers every question about the meaning of Quranic verses that the vast majority of readers of the Quran will have.” -- Dr. Alan Godlas, Associate Professor , Department of Religion, University of Georgia

“An important event in the history of Quranic studies. It will make available the Quranic text along with a clearly written commentary, thus it’s much more important than another translation. An extremely useful work, particularly since it will allow readers who are not Arabists to engage easily with the Quran.” -- Devin Stewart, Associate Professor at Emory University

“Many English translations of the Quran have been ill-suited to foiling extremist ideology or introducing Americans to Islam. Ten years in the making, The Study Quran is an effort to change that.” -- Daniel Burke, CNN

“The publication of The Study Quran is a landmark. It contains an original translation of the Quran [and] an extensive scholarly apparatus, pointing readers to the ways that Quranic verses have been interpreted, especially during the first several centuries after the life of the Prophet Muhammad.” -- Patheos blog

“Some of us–particularly those of us who have no particular expertise regarding Islam–should seize the opportunity just now made available to us, The Study Quran. Many have already noted that in a time when ignorance is rampant and violent, this can be a book of great value.” -- America magazine

“New Study Quran seeks to increase understanding.” -- Amanpour, CNN

The Study Quran... will fuel a new understanding of Islam for anyone with a desire to grow beyond their own private religious paradigm.” -- Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice

The Study Quran, joins the groaning shelves of ‘study Bibles’ as a resource for Muslims-and for Christians who want to learn more about this closely related sister faith.” -- ReadTheSpirit.com

The Study Quran from HarperOne is a historic and ground-breaking work produced by a distinguished team of Islamic Studies scholars.” -- Maxwell Institute podcast

“What distinguishes The Study Quran is not merely its collective authorship but the scope and scale of its ambition.” -- The Muslim World

“Happily, the publication of this excellent new Study Quran … holds out the prospect of a better-informed body of Muslims, Christians and others able to discuss with clarity and precision what Islam is really all about.” -- The Tablet

”The Study Quran puts this great religious work in historical perspective. It is causing a stir and maybe something of a revolution [and] pissing off the Saudis. This interpretation would seem to challenge extremists and seeks to remedy the previous absence of solid historical discourse.” -- The Daily Beast

“A stimulating, intelligent volume. This project will appeal not only to Muslim students but also to non-Muslims eager to advance their knowledge and comprehension of the Islamic faith. A refreshingly contemporary interpretation that . . . fills a sorely felt gap.” -- Abdullah Drury, Islam and Christian Muslim Relations Journal

“Much-needed. English-speakers can now gain ready access to authoritative scholarship representing the grand tradition of this massive religion.” -- GetReligion.org

“A compendious new version…this edition succeeds in presenting eh Qur’an to a general reader in the English-speaking world.” -- Quest journal

“This Quran is impressive, timely, and necessary, especially for Western audiences debating the nature of Islam in light of attacks made by Islamist groups throughout the Middle East and the West, and increasingly heated presidential campaign debates regarding Muslims in the United States.” -- The Diplomat

“Nasr and his team have done the English-speaking world an enormous favor with their erudite and profound translation and commentary on the Qur’an combined with essays by some of the most learned scholars on the Qur’an-a timely contribution in a world that has become infected by Islamophobia and intolerance.” -- Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, UCLA School of Law, and author of The Great Theft

From the Inside Flap

The Study Quran is a historic and groundbreaking work, produced by a distinguished team of Islamic studies scholars led by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, which offers:

A new English translation of the Quran that is accurate, accessible, and reliable in how it renders this sacred text

A wide-ranging verse-by-verse commentary that brings together the most respected and distinguished traditions of metaphysical, spiritual, theological, and legal interpretation of the Quran within Islam

A helpful introduction to each su¯rah that provides an overview and background of its teachings

Essays by fifteen internationally renowned scholars on how to read and understand the Quran and its role in shaping Islamic civilization

A beautiful two-color, two-column design that presents the sacred text and commentary in the spirit of traditional Quran manuscripts

Maps, a time line of historical events, comprehensive indexes, and other features to aid reading

The Study Quran provides a service never before available to readers of English: a scholarly yet accessible resource where one can quickly and easily explore how Muslims have interpreted the Quran through the centuries to the present day. An invaluable resource for scholars and students of all backgrounds, and especially to Muslims who want to deepen their understanding of their own tradition, The Study Quran is a much-needed guide in a time when confusion about the Quran and Islam is so prevalent.

An unparalleled resource for studying a sacred text

Renowned Muslim and Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr and a team of editors provide a window into how the Quran has been understood by Muslims through the centuries. For the first time, scholars and students of all backgrounds have a clear and reliable resource in English for exploring the history of interpretation for any passage in the Quran.

"In our post-9/11 world, the Quran is becoming a more public document in the West than it has ever been throughout its history. Ultimately, this has the potential to validate misunderstanding as easily as it affords insight into the meaning of the text for Muslims. In this context, The Study Quran could not be more timely. This painstaking work will do much to enlighten and inform the reading strategies of all who seek to understand the Holy Writ of Islam, especially as it relates to the beliefs and practices of Muslims."--Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture at the University of Southern California

"A monument of religious literature in its own right, The Study Quran presents the sacred text in a meticulous new English rendering. One of this ambitious project''s greatest strengths is the breadth and variety of exegetical sources and methods that inform the commentary throughout--most impressive."--John Renard, Professor of Medieval Islam at Saint Louis University

"A truly magisterial and the most comprehensive study of the Quran to date."--Asma Afsaruddin, Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington

"By giving attention to a wide range of commentators, the editors capture the diversity and depth of the exegetical ideas that have been brought to the Quran--a useful resource."--Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King''s College London

"A huge and significant scholarly undertaking--a major service to Islamic studies."--Jonathan Brown, Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University

--Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, University Chair of Islamic Studies at Xavier University

From the Back Cover

The Study Quran is a historic and groundbreaking work, produced by a distinguished team of Islamic studies scholars led by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, which offers:

A new English translation of the Quran that is accurate, accessible, and reliable in how it renders this sacred text

A wide-ranging verse-by-verse commentary that brings together the most respected and distinguished traditions of metaphysical, spiritual, theological, and legal interpretation of the Quran within Islam

A helpful introduction to each su¯rah that provides an overview and background of its teachings

Essays by fifteen internationally renowned scholars on how to read and understand the Quran and its role in shaping Islamic civilization

A beautiful two-color, two-column design that presents the sacred text and commentary in the spirit of traditional Quran manuscripts

Maps, a time line of historical events, comprehensive indexes, and other features to aid reading

The Study Quran provides a service never before available to readers of English: a scholarly yet accessible resource where one can quickly and easily explore how Muslims have interpreted the Quran through the centuries to the present day. An invaluable resource for scholars and students of all backgrounds, and especially to Muslims who want to deepen their understanding of their own tradition, The Study Quran is a much-needed guide in a time when confusion about the Quran and Islam is so prevalent.

An unparalleled resource for studying a sacred text

Renowned Muslim and Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr and a team of editors provide a window into how the Quran has been understood by Muslims through the centuries. For the first time, scholars and students of all backgrounds have a clear and reliable resource in English for exploring the history of interpretation for any passage in the Quran.

“In our post-9/11 world, the Quran is becoming a more public document in the West than it has ever been throughout its history. Ultimately, this has the potential to validate misunderstanding as easily as it affords insight into the meaning of the text for Muslims. In this context, The Study Quran could not be more timely. This painstaking work will do much to enlighten and inform the reading strategies of all who seek to understand the Holy Writ of Islam, especially as it relates to the beliefs and practices of Muslims.”—Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture at the University of Southern California

“A monument of religious literature in its own right, The Study Quran presents the sacred text in a meticulous new English rendering. One of this ambitious project’s greatest strengths is the breadth and variety of exegetical sources and methods that inform the commentary throughout—most impressive.”—John Renard, Professor of Medieval Islam at Saint Louis University

“A truly magisterial and the most comprehensive study of the Quran to date.”—Asma Afsaruddin, Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington

“By giving attention to a wide range of commentators, the editors capture the diversity and depth of the exegetical ideas that have been brought to the Quran—a useful resource.”—Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King’s College London

“A huge and significant scholarly undertaking—a major service to Islamic studies.”—Jonathan Brown, Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University

About the Author

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is university professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. Author of over fifty books, Professor Nasr is a well-known and highly respected intellectual figure both in the West and in the Islamic world. Born in Tehran, raised from the age of twelve in the United States, and a graduate of MIT and Harvard University, Nasr is well qualified to explain Islam to a Western audience. He appears frequently on Meet the Press, as well as other national news shows.

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J.L. Lee
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Excellent Translation and Commentary
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2017
I am a Christian. I bought this book because I wanted to explore the Quran and to find out what it actually says and I wanted to find a Quran with easy to understand commentary, so when I came across a description of this book I decided to purchase it. It turned out to be... See more
I am a Christian. I bought this book because I wanted to explore the Quran and to find out what it actually says and I wanted to find a Quran with easy to understand commentary, so when I came across a description of this book I decided to purchase it. It turned out to be exactly what I had hoped it would be. The book was translated into English and commentaries were written by several Muslim scholars who teach in universities in the USA. I find the translation and commentaries to be easy to read and understand. Any Quran translated into English without the commentaries would make little sense to me. I am finding this book so fascinating that it is difficult for me to put it down. It is also a beautiful book consisting of over 2,000 pages. The pages are thin, exactly like the ones in my Life Application Study Bible. I am very glad I decided to purchase this book and am also very glad I purchased the hardback version instead of the soft back.
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Michael Austin
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Fantastic Resource
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2015
Like fundamentalists of every flavor, radical Islamists come to their wars of ideas armed with proof-texts—those decontextualized bits of scripture that can be strung together in chains to justify whatever one happens to believe. In the current historical moment, this means... See more
Like fundamentalists of every flavor, radical Islamists come to their wars of ideas armed with proof-texts—those decontextualized bits of scripture that can be strung together in chains to justify whatever one happens to believe. In the current historical moment, this means acts of violence and cruelty in the name of one of the world’s great religions.

An irony of our age is that most Western opponents of radical Islam use the same proof texts to justify bigotry against all Muslims. Just Google “Islam and Violence,” and you will find hundreds of proof-text pages with quote after quote from the Quran seeming to justify, and even require, acts of violence—which, of course, happens to be the same thing that most Islamist terrorists believe. Rarely do enemies agree so completely on first principles.

The big problem though, is that (like most assertions supported by chains of oversimplified proof texts) the assertion is false. Or, at least, it is not always true, and it is not true in the ways that both violent Muslims and violent anti-Muslims assume when they start mining the Quran for reasons to fight.

Into this rhetorical context comes the long-anticipated, ten-years-in-the-making, Harper Study Quran. Based on the wildly successful Harper Study Bible, and edited by practicing Muslims who are also trained and respected scholars, the Study Quran offers itself as an the first English translation to incorporate significant commentary designed to contextualize nearly every ayah (verse) in the sacred book.

And I’ll be dag-nabbed if it doesn’t do it. By my rough estimates, about 90% of the book consists of verse-by-verse commentary keyed to the text by a practical (and merciful) two-color printing scheme that keys the text to the notes with bright red numbers.

As I read this new Quran (and I read it straight through because I am weird like that), I found that I could not realistically read all of the commentary and still follow any kind of narrative flow. I read most of the text without the commentary, glancing down at the footnotes only when I felt that I needed more context to understand the basic meaning of a passage.

The Study Quran supports this kind of reading, but it is really designed for intensive study of a passage or a theme. The editorial apparatus makes this kind of reading very easy. A comprehensive (and multi-colored) index allows readers to follow themes and ideas through the text, and a set of essays at the end of the volume brings together concepts like “Quranic Ethics, Human Rights, and Society” and “Conquest and Conversion, War and Peace in the Quran.”

But however one reads it, the Study Quran’s overwhelming strength is that it provides, for nearly every verse in the Quran, both the context of its original recitation and a survey of 1400 years of scholarship.

To understand why this is important, consider how the Quran is structured. Unlike the Bible, it contains very little sustained narrative, and the individual surahs (chapters) were not all revealed as discrete units, so each ayah has an independent context of original reception.

The Quran, in other words, lends itself to proof texting even better than the Hebrew or Christian Bibles—and that’s saying something. The editors of the Study Quran patiently and painstakingly reconstruct, to the extent possible, the original context of each recitation in the entire book and make that reconstructed context available to any reader willing to devote the time attention required to understand it.

The results are remarkable, and they have the wonderful added effect of limiting the ability of both adherents and detractors to manipulate the book’s meaning through uncritical prooftexting.

Here is one example (though I wish I had the space for a dozen) of what happens when a passage often used to justify both violence and Islamophobia undergoes the Study Quran’s contextualizing treatment. In the 33rd Ayah of Surah 5 (The Table Spread), we read the following injunction:

Verily, the recompense of those who wage war against God and His Messenger, and endeavor to work corruption upon the earth is that they be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off from opposite sides, or be banished from the land.

Pretty gruesome, to be sure, and also pretty clear. But the editors of the Study Quran want us to know two things that no other single-volume English translation will tell us: 1) that this passage was recited in a specific instance and for a specific purpose; and 2) that there is a long tradition of Muslim scholarship and jurisprudence interpreting this verse.

The context was a specific and extremely bloody attack upon the Muslim community in Madinah. After accepting a group of Bedouins into the community under the pretense of conversion, Mohammad allowed them to depart when they claimed that they were not comfortable with city life. He sent camels with them “for milk and sustenance” and a Muslim camel herder to help them on their way. “Once outside the city, however, they brutally maimed and killed the camelheard and made off with the camels the Prophet had given them to use (293).

In context, then, the punishments in the passage were mandated against specific individuals who had acted with impunity to terrorize the Muslim community. And, the editors explain, the verse has NOT normally been interpreted as a general process for dealing with apostates:

Given that the perpetrators were also, among other things, apostates . . . since they embraced Islam in the presence of the Prophet, then renounced it through their actions, a small minority have considered the verse to apply to apostates in general. It seems clear, however, that the severe punishments in this verse pertain specifically to those who commit various crimes brazenly and with exceptional brutality, violence and terrorization of innocent people. (293)

This contextualizing commentary does not erase the violence in the text, of course. But it does limit its application among those willing to consider things like why a passage was originally given and what it has meant to fourteen centuries of devout Muslim scholars. And these are things that both Muslims and non-Muslims need to understand.

For those who believe, as I do, that humanity’s survival into the next century will require us to understand and appreciate each other’s deepest beliefs, The Study Quran is a gift and a treasure. It does not make understanding Islam easy, but it makes it possible—if we are willing to invest the effort it takes to accept the gift and heft the treasure.

And for English-speaking Muslims who are not terrorists and radical Islamists (which is about 99.9% of the total), it provides a valuable tool for deepening faith and demonstrating the shallowness of the proof-texters who constantly attack them.

In an interview with CNN shortly after the volume’s publication, the lead editor, Seyyed Hossein Nasr argued that “the best way to counter extremism in modern Islam is a revival of classical Islam.” That is a tall order for any single book, but I suspect that, if a revival of classical Islam ever happens in the English-speaking world, the revivalists will all carry copies of the Study Quran–and the revolution will be extensively footnoted.
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In November 2015, my copy of the Study Quran came in the mail. In August of 2017, about 21 months later, I finished the entire book. It was a labor of love, and perhaps the most rewarding experience of my life. I would estimate that I probably spent 1,200 hours going... See more
In November 2015, my copy of the Study Quran came in the mail. In August of 2017, about 21 months later, I finished the entire book. It was a labor of love, and perhaps the most rewarding experience of my life. I would estimate that I probably spent 1,200 hours going through the entire text, which included reading all of the verses of the Quran, as well as the commentary, which summarizes classical and modern views on each verse. I learned so much from actually reading the Book cover to cover, even though it (i.e. the Quran, not the “Study Quran”) wasn’t necessarily designed to be studied that way. There were (and still are) so many gaps in my knowledge. The book was useful in that it provided a lot of context about verses that would be otherwise difficult to understand. Just as one example, there are certain verses in the Quran that are connected, but are not close to each other sequentially. The Study Quran pointed out connections between such verses so that I could reference them live while going through a particular verse. I also found the Study Quran to be incredible because it shed a lot of light on various pieces of biographical information regarding the Prophet (PBUH), and also historical circumstances surrounding certain verses, as well as the Prophet’s own views (or the views of his companions) regarding certain verses (e.g. which ones he would recite in response to certain situations in his life). More than anything, my motivation was to be able to be knowledgeable about the Book that governs every aspect of my life and every day of my life.

The book is a masterpiece because it is beautifully written, and because of the depth of its subject material. There is no way one person could have written such an in-depth volume. I recall from one of the sections in the SQ (perhaps the foreword or maybe an interview I listened to by one of the authors) that this book was written by three professors, with the assistance of 29 graduate students, and edited and overseen by another professor, who read the entire volume at least twice. It is a remarkable achievement and an invaluable resource for anyone looking to gain a serious understanding of Islam.

The best part about having read the entire book is that I often think about certain verses as I’m just going about my day. One of my favorite verses is one which tells the Prophet to “lower thy wing in humility” which I find to be extremely beautiful.
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I Love this edition. The pages, a tad thin, but as Simone interested in Islam in a very big way, I find this wonderful tome to be very helpful. It was recommended by Hafizulla Sufi, and I am truly grateful to have purchased the study guide. It helps decrease my ignorance of... See more
I Love this edition. The pages, a tad thin, but as Simone interested in Islam in a very big way, I find this wonderful tome to be very helpful. It was recommended by Hafizulla Sufi, and I am truly grateful to have purchased the study guide. It helps decrease my ignorance of the wonderful faith that is Islam.
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Alhamdulillah: this is a book that is so detailed and designed for Ease in studying the Quran. I am a Muslim convert and I have been reading the Quran in excess of thirty years now. There''s always been some things in it that I did not know exactly what it was referring... See more
Alhamdulillah: this is a book that is so detailed and designed for Ease in studying the Quran. I am a Muslim convert and I have been reading the Quran in excess of thirty years now. There''s always been some things in it that I did not know exactly what it was referring to, and I''m so happy to see something written that gives opinions as to what the scholars think and feels the meaning to be. I love it Alhamdulillah.
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This is a fantastic Study Quran
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018
This is a fantastic Study Quran, however, the kindle format is a challenging to read. The kindle format does not separate the notes from the Quran text so a reader must read through all of the notes while reading verses. It would be better to have the option to click links... See more
This is a fantastic Study Quran, however, the kindle format is a challenging to read. The kindle format does not separate the notes from the Quran text so a reader must read through all of the notes while reading verses. It would be better to have the option to click links to the notes so one can read the verses uninterrupted. This may not be the fault of the authors as the notes themselves are interesting and well researched.
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If you''re new to the Qur''an, this is the edition to get
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[Please note that my "four star" rating is for the quality of this specific edition of the Qur''an—with a particular focus on its commentary and bonus features—and is not meant as an endorsement or a critique of the teachings of the Qur''an itself.] Whew! ... I... See more
[Please note that my "four star" rating is for the quality of this specific edition of the Qur''an—with a particular focus on its commentary and bonus features—and is not meant as an endorsement or a critique of the teachings of the Qur''an itself.]

Whew! ... I finally finished reading it. It took me forever, because: (a) it''s about 2,000 pages long; (b) I read each surah (chapter) twice—first just reading straight through the text, then re-reading it, verse-by-verse, along with the commentary; and (c) with all due respect to those who hold the Qur''an as sacred writ, it''s not exactly a "page turner," so I must admit that it was a bit of a struggle to motivate myself to plow my way through it (more on this later). Nonetheless, I eventually did. And I''m glad I did.

I should state up front that I am not Muslim. (I have nothing against Muslims, of course; it''s just that Islam is not the religious tradition that I was raised in.) What I am is an amateur student of religion—and particularly of comparative religion. I want to understand the various belief systems of the world: what they teach, how they are practiced, how they are lived out in people''s lives, how they are similar to each other, how they differ, etc. So I wanted to read the Qur''an in order to better understand Islam. Now, of course, I realize that scripture is not the same thing as religion. Merely reading the sacred texts of a particular faith tradition will not tell you everything that you might want to know about the teachings and practices of that tradition, much less about the lived experiences of its adherents. Even for the three Abrahamic faiths, which hold their scriptures as foundational, understanding what these religious traditions are all about will require more than simply reading their holy books. For one thing, scripture has to be properly interpreted in order to yield doctrine—and interpretations often differ, resulting in different doctrinal sub-traditions (sects, denominations, etc.) within a larger faith tradition. Also, as religious scholar Reza Aslan has argued, a distinction has to be drawn between the formal teachings of a faith tradition and the actual beliefs and everyday practices of its adherents. A religion as it is taught from the pulpit is one thing; a religion as it is lived out in the daily lives of ordinary believers may be quite another—yet both are aspects of that religion. Neither can simply be ignored if you want a complete picture of what that faith tradition is all about. So, if you want to understand any religion, you can''t just read its scriptures and assume that this alone will make you an expert on the subject. However, it is certainly a good place to start.

If you are going to read the sacred texts of any religious tradition—especially one that is not your own and that you have not formally studied—it is probably best to do so with the aid of a good commentary written by someone who knows a lot more about the subject than you do and can help you navigate the text better than you could do on your own. That is why I chose to read this particular edition of the Qur''an, which includes a very thorough verse-by-verse commentary that helps clarify the meaning of ambiguous passages and that discusses the various ways that each verse has traditionally been interpreted by Islamic scholars. This edition also includes a number of expository essays and other supplemental material which are designed to help the reader get the most out of the text. So there are three aspects of this edition that I need to discuss in this review: (1) the text of the Qur''an itself (in English translation); (2) the verse-by-verse commentary; and (3) the essays and other supplemental material that accompany the text and commentary. Since I am not Muslim, I want to be as respectful as possible in my treatment of a sacred text, a faith tradition, and a culture that are not my own and that I cannot even pretend to fully "grok". Yet I also want to be as forthright in my judgment as I am able to be, while still acknowledging the limits of my own comprehension. So, here goes:

Let me begin by discussing the verse-by-verse commentary (I''ll save my discussion of the text of the Qur''an itself for last): If you want to read the Qur''an in English translation, and you are neither Muslim yourself nor an expert on Islam, then this is definitely the edition that you want to get. The commentary is truly a godsend. I would not recommend trying to feel your way through the text without the help of a good verse-by-verse commentary like the one in this edition. If you do try to read it on your own, you''ll just end up completely lost at sea, because the meaning of many passages is quite opaque, especially to anyone who is not familiar with the historical and cultural context behind those passages, or the Arabic idiom in which they are written. And even if you were able to puzzle out the surface meaning of some passage, that still might not help you understand how Muslims interpret the doctrinal implications of that passage. The exegesis of the Qur''an is not always as straightforward as you might think (or hope).

The advantage of this particular commentary for helping readers understand how Muslims interpret the Qur''an is that it makes every effort to be as ecumenical as possible. Rather than simply presenting one possible interpretation of any given passage—the one favored by the editors—this commentary presents a number of different possible interpretations, representing various schools of thought within Islam: including Sunni, Shi''ite, and even (in some cases) Sufi interpretations. To put that into terms that might be a bit more familiar to non-Muslims, it would be as if a commentary on the New Testament gave an unbiased overview of differing Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox interpretations of various passages, citing the writings of major theologians from each of these traditions. (I would love to find such a commentary on the New Testament, BTW.) Perhaps at this point I ought to mention that this is NOT a "critical" commentary on the Qur''an—its purpose is not to challenge the traditional teachings of Islam or traditional Muslim beliefs about the Qur''an itself; it seeks only to bring clarity to the meaning and doctrinal interpretation of the text. All of the members of the editorial team that produced the commentary are devout Muslims who regard the Qur''an as the Word of God, and they have tried to produce a commentary that faithfully reflects the teachings of their religion (with an acknowledgement of the diversity of views within Islam itself). Some students of religion may see this non-critical approach to the text as a shortcoming. I see it as an asset. After all, if you want to critique something, you first need to understand whatever it is that you''re critiquing. If you are critiquing a set of religious beliefs, then you need to try your best to understand those beliefs as they are understood by those who believe them. And who better to learn from than devout believers themselves? (I don''t mean to suggest that critical treatments of a subject ought to be avoided, even by beginners; only that it is usually better to hear the "pro" side of any argument before you listen to the "con".) The verse-by-verse commentary that accompanies the text in this edition of the Qur''an does an excellent job of explaining how devout Muslims understand their scriptures—and that is exactly what a novice student of Islam (or comparative religion) needs.

Turning now to the expository essays and other supplemental material included at the end of this edition: I must confess that, for me—a curious outsider who wants to learn more about Islam—the essays were my favorite part of the entire volume. They offer a great deal of insight into various aspects of this fascinating, yet widely misunderstood, religion. Sure, I personally found some of these essays to be more engaging and more informative than others, but I believe that I learned something of value from each of them. My only complaint about the essays is that, at least in my opinion, the first essay—"How to Read the Quran"—should have been placed at the very front of the book, before the text of the Qur''an itself, because it would have been useful to have read that essay before reading the actual Qur''an (and let''s face it, most people—including me—are not going to flip to the back of the book to read an essay before plunging into the Qur''anic text itself).

One final note about the bonus materials at the back of the volume before I move on to discuss the text of the Qu''ran proper: There are maps! I love maps! In my opinion, any book that has maps is superior to any book that does not have maps. This book has maps! Yay! Okay, moving on ...

Sadly, I don''t read Arabic. (I''d love to learn—languages fascinate me, and Arabic seems like a lovely language—but life is short, there are only so many hours in the day, and choices have to be made. Perhaps one day I''ll find the time, but I haven''t thus far.) So I''ve never read the Qur''an in the original Arabic, which means that I cannot comment on the accuracy of this particular translation. Given the amount of care that the editors have so obviously put into this volume, it seems reasonable to me to assume that they made every effort to ensure that the English translation was as reliable as possible. But I am in no position to judge. Assuming, however, that the translation is reasonably accurate, I can comment on how well the English text reads. And frankly, with all due respect to the translators, it''s a bit too stilted for my taste. It reads as if the translators were going out of their way to make the text sound as lofty as possible. It''s not that the English itself is archaic—as in the King James Bible—it''s just that it is very formal, even florid, bordering on poetic, with many word choices that are not common in everyday conversational English. I''m not sure to what extent this was dictated by the original Arabic text itself and to what extent it was a deliberate choice by the translators, but (at least for me) it was rather distracting. It is a bit like looking at a painting in a museum: it can be tempting to pay more attention to the artistry (the brush strokes, the color palate and shading, the perspective and composition) than to the actual subject the artist was trying to depict in the painting. Similarly, as I was reading this translation of the Qur''an, I found that my attention was drawn more to the style of the writing than to its meaning. This had the (presumably unintended) effect of "distancing" me from the text rather than drawing me in and helping me to more fully engage with what I was reading, intellectually and emotionally. Again, I can''t be sure if that is the fault of this particular translation or if it is intrinsic to the style of the Qur''an itself, regardless of how it might be translated.

And speaking of the style of the Qur''an itself ... with all due respect to those who hold it as the very Word of God ... honesty compels me to admit that I found it as dull as ditchwater—which is one of the reasons it took me so long to force myself to get all the way through it. The whole thing reads like something out of one of the more tedious of the Old Testament prophets—one of those books that you''re always tempted to skip when reading through the Bible, because your eyes start to glaze over after just the first few verses every time you try to read it. The Qur''an is basically just one long, highly repetitive harangue against idolaters, unbelievers, and other assorted unrepentant sinners. There is no real narrative to speak of—at least not the sort of extended narrative, rich in detail, that you find in the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament gospels. And the text of the Qur''an is extremely repetitive, which is one of the reasons I found it such a slog to get through. There were several occasions when I wondered if I might have somehow lost my place in the text, because the passage I was reading was virtually identical to a passage I had already read. While I''m sure that Islamic scholars are able to find rich nuances of meaning in these repetitions, not having the benefit of their insight, I''m afraid that I couldn''t help but find them tedious.

As for the specific teachings found in the Qur''an, I don''t feel qualified to offer any commentary of my own. My goal in reading the Qur''an was to better understand Islam, not to critique it. I have my own theological views, of course, but I am not an authority on such matters; I claim no doctrinal infallibility for myself, and thus I am in no position to sit in judgment of the religious beliefs of others—especially those from a faith tradition that is not my own. I will say that reading the Qur''an has not changed my own way of thinking about theological or moral issues in any meaningful way. In fact, although I''m glad that I finally took the time to read the text, I must confess that I did not find it at all appealing, and I certainly didn''t find it persuasive. Frankly, I found it rather off-putting. But that might tell you more about my own personal tastes and temperament than it tells you about the Qur''an itself. So, as the saying goes, "your mileage may vary."
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This book is such a long-awaited project. As a Muslim and native Arabic speaker, it is the only English translation that does not make me cringe. As an academic, it provides a succinct commentary that merges both classical and modern exegeses. It is also a wonderful work... See more
This book is such a long-awaited project. As a Muslim and native Arabic speaker, it is the only English translation that does not make me cringe. As an academic, it provides a succinct commentary that merges both classical and modern exegeses. It is also a wonderful work for non-Muslims interested in learning about the Quran. The essays in the back provide guidance on how Muslims understand and use the Quran by international scholars from a variety of backgrounds.
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I often use this version (though I prefer Arberry), especially for some of the long and detailed notes, which can be very handy. But I always refer to it while cross-checking it with the Arabic original. That means I sometimes find their translations a bit slanted. But it...See more
I often use this version (though I prefer Arberry), especially for some of the long and detailed notes, which can be very handy. But I always refer to it while cross-checking it with the Arabic original. That means I sometimes find their translations a bit slanted. But it presents a fairly liberal approach and is much preferable to Salafi and Wahhabi translations. Some fundamentalist Muslims who can''t bear the liberal approach leave one-star reviews decrying this book. I would just ignore them. Given the massive hermeneutic aspparatus, which dominates each page and is only suitable for those with existing knowledge, this is not a version for the beginner. Beginners looking for a fluent, at times poetic, translation must go to AJ Arberry''s.
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I am not a Muslim so this review is from the perspective of a student of the Islamic world view. I bought a couple more translations before finding this gem of a book. Published only three years or so ago it has been translated and edited under the supervision of the great Hussein Nasr. It is a work of supreme scholarship as it provides a brilliant translation together with comprehensive commentaries. Crucially it contains a set of essays that are essential to the understanding of the vast Islamic tradition. Look no further.
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This review is about the quality of the book and not the contents. Many reviews here have stated that this book is printed on very thin paper, that in itself is not a problem for me, most Bibles are the same, however they tend to have a stiffer cover and this book does not,...See more
This review is about the quality of the book and not the contents. Many reviews here have stated that this book is printed on very thin paper, that in itself is not a problem for me, most Bibles are the same, however they tend to have a stiffer cover and this book does not, it is very flimsy. The publisher should be ashamed to send out books that have not even been cut and bound correctly. It is too much effort to send it back and I did buy it for its content and not its quality. If you choose to buy this book be prepared to be disappointed with the overall quality , know what to expect.
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I decided to look for a new Quran because my previous translation''s tafsir was so onerous and verbose, it was tiring to read. This one has completely surpassed my expectations. It is very well written, providing ample historical context to each chapter and set of verses...See more
I decided to look for a new Quran because my previous translation''s tafsir was so onerous and verbose, it was tiring to read. This one has completely surpassed my expectations. It is very well written, providing ample historical context to each chapter and set of verses along with well-researched interpretations. The best thing about it is probably the same reason why some people have left 1-star reviews: balance. It provides the opinions and interpretations of different schools of thought: Shia, Sunni and Sufi, without trying to sway you one way or the other, and allowing you to make your own mind up. Let''s face it: no one can really put hand on heart and say with full conviction they completely understand the Quran. It is open to interpretation in many places, and so I think approaching it with an open mind is key. I''m still making my way through it - it''s no quick read - but very pleased with my purchase.
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During my years I have often relied on either older or dated translations and often the accompanying tafsir is relgiously-sectarian one sided. This is the first attempt by anyone to produce a joint tafsir looking at both Shia Sunni and Sufi interpretations of the Quraan. It...See more
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