N J Dawood was born in Baghdad and is best known for his translation of the Koran.
The Dawood translation (revised) is published by Penguin Books, as is a parallel English-Arabic edition.
In this troubling age of never ending conflict maybe something can be gleaned from a study of the Koran I found myself thinking the other day.
Today I read the third chapter, The Imrans.
Here are some very pertinent extracts:
And remember the angels' words to Mary. They said: 'God has chosen you. He has made you pure and exalted you above womankind . . .'
His name is the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary. He shall be noble in this world and in the world to come . . .
'Lord,' she said, 'how can I bear a child when no man has touched me?'
He replied: 'Even thus. God creates whom He will. When He decrees a thing He need only say: "Be," and it is . . . '
When Jesus observed that they had no faith, he said: 'Who will help me in the cause of God?'
The disciples replied: 'We are God's helpers . . . and follow the apostle. Count us among your witnesses.'
God is the supreme Contriver. God said: 'Jesus, I am about to claim you back and lift you up to Me.'
Jesus is like Adam in the sight of God. He created him from dust and then said to him: 'Be' and he was.
. . . to be continued