Marmaduke Pickthall (1875-1936)

Pickthall is a key figure in the Western study of Islam. He is noted for his landmark translation of the Holy QurÁn named The Meaning of the Glorious Koran. An accomplished novelist and political leader, he converted to Islam from Christianity in 1917

“The Koran cannot be translated. That is the belief of old-fashioned Sheykhs and the view of the present writer. The Book is here rendered almost literally and every effort has been made to choose befitting language. But the result is not the Glorious Koran, that inimitable symphony, the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy. It is only an attempt to present the meaning of the Koran and peradventure something of the charm in English. It can never take the place of the Koran in Arabic, nor is it meant to do so.”

The Meaning of the Glorious Koran – An Explanatory Translation, Marmaduke Pickthall, pg. vii; Alferd A. Knopf, New York, 1930