The Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam - An Introductory Selection of Readings from the Quran

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The preeminent translator of The Art of War and The Essential Tao opens up the riches of Islam for the first time to the West, in an accessible, annotated translation of the heart of the Koran's spiritual wisdom. With the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the Gulf War, and the growing presence of Islam in North America, this is an indispensable aid to understanding the religion of nearly one billion people.

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This translation of the Koran provides, for Western readers, the opportunity to understand the Koran's spiritual wisdom and the basis for the Islamic culture.

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THOMAS CLEARY is the pre-eminent translator of Buddhist and Taoist texts, including 'The Essential Tao', 'The Essential Confucius', 'The Secret of the Golden Flower', and the best-selling 'The Art of War'.

"For Muslims the whole of the Qur'an is sacred, but there are certain passages which are more accessible to those seeking from the outside to understand its meaning. The present translation has the virtue of making such passages available in easily comprehensible language thereby opening the doors for many readers to the inexhaustible treasures of the Sacred Text".
SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR, University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University

"Thomas Cleary has crafted a stunning evocation of the 'untranslatable' verses of the holiest of the holy books in Arabic, the noble Qur'an. His is a poet's touch, a seer's vision, a traveller's love for the journey to Truth. 'The Essential Koran' will be essential reading for all who seek the core to Islamic spirituality".
BRUCE B. LAWRENCE, Professor of History of Religion, Duke University, and the author of 'Defenders of God'

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