Bibliography of the different Versions of the Qur'an

(consulted or used on this website)

Arabic Versions Qur'an

We mostly work with the modern standard edition of the Arabic Qur'an, the so-called Cairo text, used in nearly all Qur'an editions currently in print. Occasionally we consult other Arabic versions as well. For details, see this article.

In the English section of Answering Islam we obviously quote mainly English translations of the Qur'an. The below list will provide a more detailed citation for the editions used. Authors of individual articles may use other editions, but at least to the below we have access, either in print or via online editions and use these in various articles or comparisons of translations found mainly in the Qur'an Versions section.

English Translations by Muslims

Many of the below listed versions of the Qur'an are also available online (cf. the Islamic Links page).

Pickthall Muhammad Marmaduke William Pickthall
The Meaning of the Glorious Qur'an
London, 1930
Yusuf Ali Abdullah Yusuf Ali
The Holy Qur'an: Translation and Commentary
Lahore, 1934 and 1937
Saudi Revision: The Holy Qur-an: English translation of the meanings and Commentary
Al-Hilali & Khan Interpretation of the Meanings of
The Noble Qur'an
In the English Language
A Summarized Version of At-Tabari, Al-Qurtubi and Ibn Kathir with Comments from Sahih Al-Bukhari
By Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali, Ph.D and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan
Darussalam Publishers and Distributors, Riyad, Saudi Arabia
Twenty-Third Revised Edition, August 1998
Shakir The Holy Qur'an
translated by Mohammad Habib Shakir
Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc., 1983
M. Sarwar The Holy Qur'an
by Sheikh Muhammad Sarwar (Translator)
Islamic Seminary, Elmhurst, June 1981
Malik Al-Qur'an, the Guidance for Mankind
English with Arabic Text
by Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik
The Institute of Islamic Knowledge, 1997
T.B. Irving The Qur'an: First American Version
English Translation by Dr. T.B. (Thomas Ballantyne) Irving
Amana Books, 1985
(later editions were renamed as "Holy Qur'an: the Noble Reading")
R. Khalifa QURAN
The Final Testament
Authorized English Version
Translated from the Original by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.
Revised Edition, Universal Unity, 1992
M. Asad The Message of the Qur'an
Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad
Dar Al-Andalus, Gibraltar, 1980
Sher Ali The Holy Qur'an
Arabic Text with English Translation
by Sher Ali
Rabwah, 1955
Maulana M. Ali       The Holy Qur'an
Arabic Text, English Translation and Commentary
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Ahmadiyyah Anjuman Isha'at Islam, Lahore, Inc. U.S.A., 1995
Nooruddin The Holy Qur'an
Arabic Text - English Translation
As explained by Allamah Nooruddin
Rendered into English by Amatul Rahman Omar & Abdul Mannan Omar
Noor Foundation - International Inc., 2nd. Edition, 1997

Note: In the above list, I do not distinguish between mainline or sectarian Muslims (e.g. Maulana M. Ali belonging to the Ahmadiyya sect, or Rashad Khalifa being the founder of a certain group of "Submitters"). The only criterion for inclusion in this list is that these translators consider themselves to be Muslims, and therefore they translated the Qur'an as believers in its message as they understood it.

Translations by non-Muslims

Arberry                   The Koran
Interpreted
Translated with an Introduction by Arthur J. Arberry
Oxford University Press, 1964
Dawood The Koran
Translated with Notes by N. J. Dawood
Penguin Books, 1997
Palmer Edward Henry Palmer
The Koran
London: Oxford University Press, 1880
Rodwell The Koran
Translated from the Arabic by J. M. Rodwell
Everyman, 1997
Sale The Koran
Translated into English immediately from the Original Arabic
by George Sale
C. Ackers, 1734
Paret Der Koran
‹bersetzung von Rudi Paret
Verlag W. Kohlhammer, Siebente Auflage 1996


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