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First Quran in English

Alexander Ross was the first to translate the Quran into English. He translated it from Andre Du Ryer’s French translation.

In 1734, George Sale produced the first translation of the Qur’an direct from Arabic into English (reflecting his missionary stance). There were English translations by the clergyman John Rodwell in 1861, and E.H. Palmer in 1880.

In 1910 Dr. Mirza Abul Fazl translated the Qur’an using Arabic text and English translation arranged chronologically. He was the first Muslim to present a translation of the Qur’an into English along with the original Arabic text.

The (Ahmadi Maulana) Muhammad Ali’s translation in 1917 was followed in 1930 by the English convert Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall’s translation. Soon thereafter in 1934, Abdullah Yusuf Ali (from the Bohra community) published his translation, featuring copious explanatory annotation.

Clergymen Richard Bell and Arthur John Arberry wrote translations in 1937 and the 1950s.

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