I am interested in buying some copies of the Koran to use in an art history class. Any recommendations of editions with beautiful calligraphy or embellishments would be much appreciated. Facsimiles of older copies of the Koran would also be great, if they are affordable. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
What is the best scholarly, annotated, edition of the Koran? I am trying to find something in English similar to the Oxford Annotated Bible. I am not a Muslim, and I have little background to date, so an edition that assumes very little in terms of prior knowledge would be ideal for me.
What's a good academic text/trade book about Jinni? [more inside]
Comparing controversial sections of the Qur'an (Koran), and of the New and Old Testament sections of the Bible. [more inside]
I have a blanket with Islamic (Arabic) writing (maybe parts of the Quran, Koran?) woven around it that I found and need help identifying it? [more inside]
I'm going to be fasting for Ramadan for the first time. Where do I start? [more inside]
Has there been higher criticism (such as the documentary hypothesis) or textual criticism of religions other than Christianity and Judaism?
Where in the Koran is the prohibition against human representation? [more inside]
Which translation of the Qur'ān should I read? [more inside]
I'm an atheist -- help me find a study Bible and/or study Koran. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a superlative translation, or perhaps even better, a great paraphrase of The Koran?
The Koran. I read it long ago. I found it confusing, odd, hard to understand, in dire need of unpacking. I'd like to try reading it again. Can anyone recommend a superlative translation, or perhaps even better, a great paraphrase. Or at the very least one with decent annotations. I'm not averse to a version that does intelligent re-arranging of the sequence, as I recall chapters on cows following stuff on love. There are a number of current translations so pointers to informed reviews of them would be welcomed too.