Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Qur'an Reading Has Begun!

We have embarked on our quest to read the Qur'an. On the sidebar are some introductory links. My main blog for this exercise is Qur'an and Jive. As I mentioned there, don't be offended by the title. The "jive" as always, is purely my own!

For January, please read The Opening and The Cow.

I am going to produce some quizzes and a synopsis for each reading. I will have January's synopsis and quiz up shortly.

This will be fun (that is how it is intended anyway) and a learning experience for me. Any suggestions are more than welcome!

There is an on-line translation by Yusuf Ali to which you can link from the sidebar. This translation and other great resources can be found at

You can also find other on-line translations at this site maintained by the University of Southern California.

Also, a couple of different folks have recommended Michael Sells'
Approaching the Qur'an. I have purchased the translation by Tarif Khalidi and am off to the bookstore to check out some others. I would guess that it is good to have more than one translation handy.

You can request a free copy of the Qur'an here.


  1. I just ordered a copy from the link you provided. Thanks John for doing this, I am going to read it too.

  2. Great, Andrew! I look forward to your input.

    Harry: Be careful? Of what?

  3. Congratulations for being such an open minded followers of the baby Jesus. It's very commendable that you are exposing the members of your flock to other religious viewpoints.

  4. Don't forget to read from right to left!


  5. Oh, John. Make sure, if you don't mind, to let us know when you get to the part where the Quram (Arab pronunciation) it identifies Jesus as a holy man who speaks directly to God.

    The fundis have a real tough time with that one.
    They hate a religion that recognizes Jesus (Islam) and support a religion that murdered him (Judism) along with all the other prophets.

    I can hear fundi heads exploding now.

  6. hello
    I am muslim--this sounds interesting---

  7. Good advice, Harry.

    Welcome Kat! I hope you can offer your insights and correct my misunderstanding!

  8. Cap'n--Judaism didn't murder Jesus. He was executed by the Romans.

    One of my goals in this exercise is to seek to find the best in one another. While it is easy and common to find uses of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to further sectarianism, violence, and ignorance, there are Jews, Muslims, and Christians who find in their faith traditions compassion, justice, peace, and intelligence. That is what I am after.

    My belief is that religion at its best can enable us to find the best in one another.