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The Qur'an - Translation by T.B. Irving

Originally published as The Qur'an - First American Version

This translation can be purchase in physical book form here:    

The Qur'an Translation and Commentary by T.B. Irving (Al-Hajj Ta'lim 'Ali) 

‚ÄčHow does this translation of the Qur'an by T.B. Irving, differ from other English translations?

In the words of Ismail R. al Faruqi, American Islamic College

"It is common knowledge that the Qur'an is well-nigh untranslatable, because its form and content are both divine. Its meanings, however, may be interpreted in other tongues. Obviously no interpretation can express the whole range of meanings contained in any verse. But it can bring to light many a connotation which has escaped our attention in the past. In this respect the present translation breaks new ground, making refreshing reading even after all the other translations have been read."


Irving was born in Preston, Ontario (now Cambridge) in 1914. He embraced Islam in the early 1950s and took the name Al-Hajj Ta'lim Ali Abu Nasr. He earned a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Toronto, a master's degree from McGill University, and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 1940.

Irving taught and studied at a number of leading universities including McGill, Princeton, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Tennessee.

Irving wrote numerous books in Spanish on Islam an is considered a pioneer in Latino Dawah. He presented many lectures to Latino Muslims about the history of Islam in Spain.

See: http://piedad-latinodawah.blogspot.com/2007/02/dr-t-b-irving-frontier-for-latino-dawah.html

He was recognized for his service to Islam by the government of Pakistan in 1983 when he was awarded the Star of Excellence.

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