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This is the first detailed account of the life and ideas of 'Abdullah Yusuf 'Ali, whose The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary is the most widely used English translation of the Qur'an. This is a candid and sympathetic study that draw on Yusuf 'Ali's writings and private papers, as well as unpublished sources. This is the first detailed account of the life and ideas of 'Abdullah Yusuf 'Ali, whose The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary is the most widely used English translation of the Qur'an. This is a candid and sympathetic study that draw on Yusuf 'Ali's writings and private papers, as well as unpublished sources.


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This is the first detailed account of the life and ideas of 'Abdullah Yusuf 'Ali, whose The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary is the most widely used English translation of the Qur'an. This is a candid and sympathetic study that draw on Yusuf 'Ali's writings and private papers, as well as unpublished sources. This is the first detailed account of the life and ideas of 'Abdullah Yusuf 'Ali, whose The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary is the most widely used English translation of the Qur'an. This is a candid and sympathetic study that draw on Yusuf 'Ali's writings and private papers, as well as unpublished sources.

30 review for Searching For Solace: A Biography Of Abdullah Yusuf Ali (Interpreter Of The Qur'an)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khairul Hezry

    There are two books that were brought to my attention by the late Muslim evangelist, Ahmed Deedat, through his taped lectures. One is the Izhar-ul-haq and the other is the English translation of the Quran by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. His translation was not the first time the holy book of the Muslims appeared in English but it is the only one that is still popular today. There have been other good ones, most notably Marmaduke Pickthall’s translation, but I love Yusuf Ali’s mainly for its comprehensive There are two books that were brought to my attention by the late Muslim evangelist, Ahmed Deedat, through his taped lectures. One is the Izhar-ul-haq and the other is the English translation of the Quran by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. His translation was not the first time the holy book of the Muslims appeared in English but it is the only one that is still popular today. There have been other good ones, most notably Marmaduke Pickthall’s translation, but I love Yusuf Ali’s mainly for its comprehensive index. Very important to Muslim and non-Muslims alike. After all, how else can you go straight to the chapter discussing say, Noah, if you don’t know the book by heart or never opened it before in the first place? The Quran isn’t like the Bible, for example, where the progression is linear. It doesn’t begin with the story of Adam and ends with Muhammad (peace be upon them both). So an index is very much appreciated and that is why I absolutely love Yusuf Ali’s English translation of the Quran. But Searching for Solace isn’t exclusively about Yusuf Ali’s work on the Quran. It is divided into two parts. The first is a “chronological account of his life and the second draws out the themes most prominent in his activities and speeches”. Here’s a brief lowdown on the book: it is as dry as the Sahara at noon in the middle of summer. It was informative enough but M A Sherif’s chronicling of Yusuf Ali’s life felt like a bland account. This happened, this was how Yusuf Ali reacted, then this was the result. Next chapter. Seventy pages in and I found myself skimming the words, not really savouring the story of one of the greatest minds in Islam in modern times. I know that Yusuf Ali was a pro-British, pro-Empire man who thought Pakistan was just a silly dream of some of his peers, in contrast to his contemporary, Muhammad Iqbal, who was all for the British quitting India and setting up separate states for the Muslims in the west and east of the sub-continent. I know that he was married twice and divorced twice. He was estranged from his children from his first marriage and that Yusuf Ali loved politics. Oh, and somewhere in there I got to know his slow but steady progress of writing an English translation and commentary of the Quran. I can’t help but feel that this could have been such a better book. It is not a bad book but there was so much potential to be a better one. Seeing as this is the only biography of Abdullah Yusuf Ali so far, we have no other choice but to peruse its pages to find out what made the man tick but don’t be surprised if like me, you too start to glaze over the pages around the fifty to seventy page mark.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zubair Habib

    Growing up this was the author of the tafseer I saw around the most. It is the tafseer that I used the most too. Reading his life story I realise that the reason his tafseer may have been most appealing is because of his background and education, being thoroughly western, resonated with my own education/outlook. The book has biographical value apart from my own interest based on the tafseer, and gives a good outlook on British-India circumstance as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shamaelah Mumtaz-Shamim

    Very Dryly Written Account of a Fascinating Writer/Man :-/ Reads Like a Dull Record, rather than a Revealing Account of the Protagonist's Psyche Very Dryly Written Account of a Fascinating Writer/Man :-/ Reads Like a Dull Record, rather than a Revealing Account of the Protagonist's Psyche

  4. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

  5. 4 out of 5

    Daeng Yafi

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rani Rani

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bunga Mawar

  8. 4 out of 5

    James

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dikafirdatus

  10. 5 out of 5

    Han

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ulfah Nur

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rozy Latip

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mohd

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marni NS Muhamad

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rafeeque

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    Mohammad Furqan

  17. 5 out of 5

    saleem mohamad

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nailil Mukarromah

  19. 5 out of 5

    Smartsholehah

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sayeed

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily Iliani

  22. 4 out of 5

    Najibah Abu Bakar

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maryam

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alia Salleh

  25. 4 out of 5

    Humaera Ira

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    Dyanna

  27. 5 out of 5

    A Lynch

  28. 4 out of 5

    Recep Pehlivan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mudasser

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sokayna Risy

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