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The Koran
by Muhammad, translated by John Medows Rodwell

AVAILABILITY: Readily available

Publication Date: August 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications

Description: The Qur'an, a masterpiece of immense religious and literary value, is presented in a convenient, affordable unabridged edition for a new generation of readers. The earliest known work in Arabic prose, the Qur'an is divided into 114 "suras", or chapters, containing the religious, social, civil, commercial, military, and legal codes of Islam.

Originally written in Arabic, in rhymed prose, the Koran is regarded by devout Muslims to be the direct word of God as revealed to the prophet Muhammad. A guide to daily life, the book is considered the finest work of Arabic prose in existence and one of the most important and influential books known to mankind. M. J. Rodwell's accessible translation restores the traditional ordering of the chapters, which deal with God as creator, the role of Muhammad as God's messenger, as well as legal, social, and ethical issues. In a convenient size that is ideal for prayer or study, this edition will be invaluable to students of religion, history, and politics and of interest to anyone concerned with Middle Eastern cultures.

Mhummad was born in Mecca in A.D. 567 or 569. His flight to Medina , which marks the beginning of the Muhammadan era, took place on 16 June 622. He died on 7 June 632.

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