N. J. DAWOOD founded the Arabic Advertising & Publishing Company in 1959, which is now one of the major producers of Arabic typesetting outside the Middle East. He is best known for his translation of The Koran, the first in contemporary English, for Penguin Classics in 1956.
N. J. Dawood’s masterful translation in a fully revised edition
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 recount the narratives and rules of conduct central to Islamic belief, and together they form one of the world’s most influential prophetic works and a literary masterpiece in its own right. We offer this newly revised edition of N. J. Dawood’s classic translation in two formats: one with the original Arabic in parallel text and one without.