Carleton Stevens Coon (1904-1981)

Dr. Coon was an American anthropologist and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He also taught at Harvard and was the president of the American Association of Physical Anthropology

“The great virtue of the Qur’Án is its beauty of language. Its proper recitation is moving, whether or not one understands the Arabic. It is obviously not suited for translation, and Muslims recite it in the original tongue no matter how little of it they understand. The sequence of sounds has a ritual meaning wholly apart from their literal semantic significance. Many Muslims have committed it to memory. It can be read through, aloud, in a single night, and often is in critical moments such as the watch over the dead.”

Caravan: The Story of the Middle East, Carleton Stevens Coon, pg. 98; Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1958