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Quran Translations

Exposition of the Quran by Ghulam A. Parwez
Explanation of the Quran with a scientific and sociological focus.

QXP: Quran as it eXPlains itself by Dr.Shabbir Ahmad MD
One of the best translations of the Quran. Mixing Tafseer/Explanation through cross-reference and translation and using a scientific and sociological focus.

A Reformist Translation by Dr. Edip Yuksel

A social scientific translation of the Quran by a Turkish-American  Muslim reformer which deals with controversial issues and misunderstandings of Quranic verses but still uses many traditional understandings of the Quranic text.


The Message of The Quran by Muhammad Asad
A progressive, rational although traditional interpretation of the Quran with very extensive and interesting notes on the Arabic language and the opinions of classical Islamic scholars.

The Quran word for word
The Quran word for word in English-Arabic using a simple translation of the Arabic words.

Quran Translation comparison
17 different English translations of the Quran in a comprehensive layout.

Quranx online Qur’an tool

Quranic Resources and Essays


The Authority of Al-Quran by Kashif Ahmed Shehzada


Gateway to the Quran by Dr. Abdul Wadud


The Word Salaat explained by G.A.Parwez



The StudyQuran Project

Resource site with Translations in most languages, dictionaries, index, root search, Arabic lessons, word search, topic index and much more. One of the best sites for Qur’anic resources for personal research of the Qur’an.

Text in Motion Quranic Root search
You can browse the Qur’an by words, roots, chapters, and lookup definitions for words and roots. Best Qur’an tool out there.

Quran Search Tool – Open Burhan

An Index to the Qur’an
Index of the Quran from A to Z with links to the verses

Dictionaries on the Arabic language:

Glossary of Arabic defintions and how they are used in the Quran text by G.A.Parwez. One of the best explanations of key-terms used in the Qur’an. A must read for Qur’anic research.


Root List Ar-En
Arabic Root Search and Dictionary, containing a Root List with all roots and verses and a Link to the online Lane’s Lexicon AR-EN Dictionary. These can also be downloaded for Free. One of the most handy Qur’anic Arabic tools out there.

Classic Arabic dictionaries in PDF and DJV files for free online:

Al-Mufradat fi Gharib al-Qur’an by Abul-Qasim Husayn ibn Muhammad al-Raghib al-Isfahani

Al-Mustaqsa fi Athnthal al-Arab – Book IBook II (A Dictionary of Arabic Proverbs) (Arabic) by Abu al-Qasim Mahmud ibn Umar al-Zamakhshari [d.1144]

Library of almost all major Arabic to Arabic Lexicons, Tafseers/Explanations, Grammar and Dictionaries. A vast resource for the study into the Quran. All the books are scanned in and are thus direct copies of the original publications for more reliable reference. These are all free for download. The library contains works from:

Classical Arabic dictionaries and grammar explanations and Quranic explanations/tafseers

  • Edward William Lane‘s Lexicon (Arabic-English Lexicon based mostly on Taj al-Arus)
  • G.A. Parwez (Lughat al Qur’an Arabic-Urdu)
  • Muhammad al-Murtadza Husaini al-Zubaidi (Taj al-Arus Arabic-Arabic)
  • Jamal al-Din Abu al-Fadl Muhammad bin Mukarram bin Manzur (Lisan al-Arab Arabic-Arabic)
  • Hussain ahmad bin Faris bin Zikriyah (Mu’jum Maqayis al-Luga Arabic-Arabic)
  • Syed Muhammed Sadiq Hasan Khan (al-Alam ulKhafaq min al-ilm’ul Ashtiqaq Arabic)
  • Abul-Qasim Husayn ibn Muhammad al-Raghib al-Isfahani (Al-Mufradat fi Gharib al-Qur’an Arabic)
  • Abu Mansur al-Thaalibi (Fiqh al-luga Arabic)
  • Sayeed al-Khuri Shartuni al-Libnani (al-Shahab al-Saqib and al-Iqrab al-Mawarid fi Fushil Arabia wa-Sawarid Arabic)
  • Abudllah Bastani al-Libnani (al-Bustan – Moajim Lugvi v2 Arabic)
  • Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Al-hasan Al-azdi Ibn Durayd (Jamharat al-lughah and Kitab al-Mujtani Arabic)
  • Abdur Raheem bin Abdul Kareem Safipuri (Muntahi al Arab fi Lughat e Arabi Arabic-Persian)
  • Batras Al Bastani (Adbae al Arab fi Jahliya wa Sadr al-Islam and Qatur al Muheet and Muheet al Muheet Arabic)
  • Abu al-Qasim Mahmud ibn Umar al-Zamakhshari [d.1144] (al-Kashshaf an Haqa’iq at-Tanzil and Asas’ul Balagha
  • and al-Mufasil fin Nahv and Qalaed’ul Adab fi Sharah Atwaq’ul Mazhab and Al-Mustaqsa fi Athnthal al-Arab Arabic)
  • Abi al Hassan Ali Bin Essa Ramani (Ijaz ul Quran and Kitab ul Hudood Fi Al Nahu wa Kitab Minazil ul Horoof Arabic)
  • Ahmed Bin Mustafa al-Lbabaydi (Lataeif ul Lughat Arabic)

Free online books about Arabic Grammar, Arabic-English Dictionaries and Encyclopedia:

Books on Arabic Grammar in English:

o A Grammar of the Arabic Language by W. Wright, revised by W. Robertson Smith and M. J. DE Goeje. Volume 1 Librairie du Liban, Beirut, 1996. (PDF)
o A Grammar of the Arabic Language by W. Wright, revised by W. Robertson Smith and M. J. DE Goeje. Volume 2 Librairie du Liban, Beirut, 1996.

o A Grammar of the Arabic Language, by: Haywood (1965) (pdf)

Arabic-English Dictionaries:

o A dictionary of Islam, T. P. Hughes (1885) (pdf)

o Dictionary of Koran, J. Penrice (1873) (pdf)

o Hans Wehr (Tr. Milton Cown) 1976 Dictionary (pdf)

o Al-Mawrid – rowhi ba`albaki (pdf)

o Wortbat Porter 4th edition Arabic-English Dictionary (pdf)

Lisan al Arab Arabic-Arabic dictionary free download

Qamus al-muhit Arabic-Arabic dictionary

Transliteration of the Quran – Arabic in Roman letters

Selected Verbs from the Quran
Some basic Verbs used in the Quran. These are very easy and useful 58 lessons on the Arabic verbs in the Quran

Only 2000 distinct words in Quraan
An excellent guide to lead you to the basic understanding of the Quranic Arabic. Arabic uses a root-system and there are around 2000 roots used in the more then 6000 verses of the Quran. By learning the roots, the over 10.000 words are then more easily understood and enhances the study on the Quranic text for those that are Arabic non-speaking.

Recommended books and dictionaries to buy:

Concise Dictionary of Koranic Arabic by Arne A. Ambros


The Qur’an: An Encyclopedia (Paperback) by Oliver Leaman

Dictionary of the Holy Quran (Leather Bound) by Abdul Omar Mannan

Arabic Through the Qur’an (Islamic Texts Society) (Paperback) by Alan Jones

Al-Mufradat fi Gharib al-Qur’an by Abul-Qasim Husayn ibn Muhammad al-Raghib al-Isfahani  (Died 502 AH) Edited by Haitham Tu’aimi

A Concordance of the Qur’an (Hardcover) by Hanna E. Kassis

A Word for Word Meaning of the Quran (The complete noble Quran in 3 volumes) by Dr. M. Mohar Ali

Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an: J-O (Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an) (Hardcover) by Jane Dammen McAuliffe

Lisan al-Arab by Jamal al-Din Abu al-Fadl Muhammad bin Mukarram bin Manzur (Mandhur)

Taj al-Arus by Muhammad al-Murtadza Husaini al-Zubaidi

Toplist books for qur’anic research

Qur’anic cosmology books

Qur’an Tafseer and Explanations:

Muhammad Abduh [1849-1905]

  • Risalat at-Tawhid -1898 (Arabic)
  • The Theology of Unity (‘Risalat at-Tawhid’)
  • Tafsir al-Manar v1, v2, v3, v4, v5, v6, v7, v8, v9, v10, v11, v12 (Arabic)
  • Tafsir ul Quran ul Kareem – Tafsir juz Amma -1904 (Arabic)
  • Al Islam Wal Nasraniyat (Arabic)
  • Al Islam Aur Nasraniyat (Urdu)

Muhammad Tawfiq Sidqi [d.1920]

  • Ad-Din fi Nazar al’ Aql as-Sahih -1905 (Arabic)
  • al-Islam huwa al-Quran wahdahu (al-Manar 9 [1906]:515-524) (Arabic)

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