Author: M. Manazir Ahsan, Khurshid Ahmad, Thomas Ballentine Irving
Publisher: Islamic Foundation
About the Book: This book is an anthology of passages from the Qur’an selected and arranged in such a way that it may give a total view of the essential message of the book, initiate the reader into its world-view and values, capture some flavor from its style, bring the reader’s imaginations into vivid contact with the vision of the Qur’anic model of man and society and bring him closer to God, the Lord of the Universe. An effort has been made to translate the meaning of the Qur’anic verses into contemporary English.
The selection has been grouped under relevant headings showing how the Qur’an provides guidance for the multifarious facets of human life. More important headings include the Qur’anic view of itself, the story of creation, Oneness of God, Prophethood, life after death, morality, norms of social behaviour, mutual rights and responsibilities of individual and state, economic system and the nature of the mission of the Islamic community. This new edition contains the text of the Qur’an side by side with the English translation.
About the Authors:
M. Manazir Ahsan:
Dr Manazir Ahsan completed his PhD in Middle Eastern History from SOAS, the University of London in 1972. Dr Ahsan joined the Islamic Foundation in late 1973 and was it’s Director General from 1985 to 2014. Dr Ahsan was awarded his MBE in the year 2000.
Professor Khurshid Ahmad, former Chairman of the Islamic Foundation, UK, and Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan, holds a Masters in Economics and Islamic Studies, a first degree in Law, an honorary doctorate in Education from the University of Malaysia and an honourary C. Litt from the University of Loughborough, UK. He has served as a Federal Minister for Planning and Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Pakistan (1978-79), as a member of the Senate of Pakistan (1985–97) and as Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Economy (1992-91, 2003-). He received the prestigious King Faisal Award for Service to Islam, 1990, the Development Bank Award for his contribution to Islamic Economics, 1989, and the Islamic Finance Award, sponsored by the Islamic Finance House, USA, 1998.
Thomas Ballantyne Irving (1914–2002), also known as Al-Hajj Ta’lim Ali Abu Nasr, was an American Muslim author, professor, and scholar, who produced the first American English translation of the Qur’an.