THE HOLY QUR’ĀN -Translations of Selected Verses

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THE HOLY QUR’ĀN -Translations of Selected Verses

THE HOLY QUR’AN Translations of Selected Verses Martin Lings The renowned scholar and Sufi master, the late Dr. Martin Lings was working on a full translation of the Qur’an when he passed away. His translations of verses from the Qur’an were extracted from his previously unpublished writings, and from all his other publications. These are here presented as The Holy Qur’an: Translations of Selected Verses accompanied by the original Arabic text on facing pages. In addition, there is an appendix of Dr Lings’ translation of the Ninejy-nine Beautiful Names of God with the original Arabic and transliteration; and a cross-referenced index which is intended to work as a -minor concordance.
*** “This translation conveys something of the beauty of the language of the Sacred Text as no other English translation has been able to do. It is a major addition to the corpus of Qur’anic translations.” — S. H. Nasr
*** “These translations by a master of the English language who is also an eminent student of the Qur’an are of inestimable value.”-Gai Eaton
“In addition to his stunning classical English, Dr. Martin Lings was both a master of Arabic and a brilliant scholar of Islam. This rare combination of skills made him the ideal candidate to translate the Qur’an.” —Hamza Yusuf, Zaytuna Institute


Martin Lings

(Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn)


Martin Lings was born in Burnage, Lancashire. After a classical education, he read English at Oxford where he was a pupil and later a close friend of C. S. Lewis. In 1935, he went to Lithuania where he lectured on Anglo-Saxon and Middle English at the University of Kaunus. After four years, he went to Egypt and was given a lectureship in English Literature at Cairo University where he lectured mainly on Shakespeare. He later returned to England and took a degree in Arabic at London University and subsequently joined the staff of the British Museum where he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts until his retirement in 1973. He is the author of The Sacred Art of ShakespeareAncient Beliefs and Modern SuperstitionsThe Eleventh Hour, Symbol & Archetype, The Book of Certainty (the Sufi Doctrines of Faith, Vision and Gnosis), A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth CenturyWhat is Sufism? and Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology. His Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources has been acclaimed as the best biography of the Prophet. He was also the author of several articles for the new Encyclopaedia of Islam, of the article on Sufism in the latest edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and participated in various Islamic conferences form time to time. He was a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and member of its council and also a member of the British Museum Society.


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