The Koran

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The Koran

By N. J. Dawood (Translator)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140449204, 455pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2005

The Koran is universally accepted by Muslims to be the infallible Word of God as first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel nearly fourteen hundred years ago. Its 114 chapters, or surahs, recount the narratives central to Muslim belief, and together they form one of the world's most influential prophetic works and a literary masterpiece in its own right. But above all, the Koran provides the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to the Muslim faith today: prayer, fasting, pilgrimage to Mecca and absolute faith in God.
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About the Author
N. J. Dawood was born in Baghdad, came to England as an Iraq State Scholar and graduated from London University. His translation of the" Tales from the Thousand and One Nights" was first published as Penguin No.1001 in 1954 and has since been printed in eighteen various editions. He is best known for his translation of the Koran, the first in contemporary English idiom, which was published as a Penguin Classic in 1956."