Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam: An Introductory Selection of Readings from the Qur'an

( 1 )


THOMAS CLEARY is the pre-eminent translator of Buddhist and Taoist texts, including 'The Essential Tao', 'The Essential Confucius', 'The Secret of the Golden Flower', and the best-selling 'The Art of War'.

"For Muslims the whole of the Qur'an is

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Paperback (1st ed)
$11.46 price
(Save 23%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (72) from $1.99   
  • New (14) from $3.30   
  • Used (58) from $1.99   
Sending request ...


THOMAS CLEARY is the pre-eminent translator of Buddhist and Taoist texts, including 'The Essential Tao', 'The Essential Confucius', 'The Secret of the Golden Flower', and the best-selling 'The Art of War'.

"For Muslims the whole of the Qur'an is

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062501981
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 818,591
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Cleary is the preeminent translator of classic Eastern texts, including The Essential Tao, The Essential Confucius, The Secret of the Golden Flower, and the bestselling The Art of War.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

The Opening


All praise belongs to God,
Lord of all worlds,

the Compassionate, the Merciful,

Ruler of Judgment Day.

It is You that we worship,
and to You we appeal for help.

Show us the straight way,

the way of those You have graced,
not of those on whom is Your wrath,
nor of those who wander astray.

The Essential Koran copyright © by Thomas Cleary. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All Rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

The Opening 1
The Cow 2
The Family of Imraan 19
Women 30
The Table 44
Cattle 50
The Heights 61
Taa Haa 72
The Prophets 74
Light 82
Rome 85
Luqmaan 95
Sheba 102
Yaa Siin 111
Iron 122
The Spirits 130
Those Sent Forth 134
The Highest 138
Daybreak 140
The City 143
Night 145
The Forenoon 147
The Expansion 148
Recite! 149
The Night of Power 151
The Shock 152
The Charging Mares 153
The Calamity 154
Vying for More and More 155
The Epoch 156
The Slanderer 157
The Elephants 158
The Quraish 159
Needs 160
Help 161
Flame 162
Pure Truth 163
The Dawn 164
Humankind 165
Notes 167
Select Bibliography 209
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)