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]
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]
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.