Arthur John Arberry

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Arthur John Arberry (12 May 1905 in Portsmouth – 2 October 1969 in Cambridge) was a respected British orientalist. A prolific scholar of Arabic, Persian, and Islamic studies, he was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. His translation of the Qur'an into English, The Koran Interpreted, is one of the most prominent written by a non-Muslim scholar, and widely respected amongst academics.


  • In making the present attempt to improve on the performance of predecessors, and to produce something which might be accepted as echoing however faintly the sublime rhetoric of the Arabic Koran, I have been at pain to study the intricate and richly varied rhythms which—apart from the message itself—constitutes the Koran’s undeniable claim to rank amongst the greatest literary masterpieces of mankind.
    • Arthur J. Arberry, (1998) The Koran: Translated with an Introduction Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. x.

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