The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation of Washington, D.C., awarded the Ali Vural Ak Center a grant to support the Study Qur'an project, a collective editorial effort to provide a new translation of the Qur'an accessible to the English-speaking public. This English translation aims to take the best from previous English translations of the Qur'an (Arberry, Pickthall, and Asad) and include commentaries (tafsir), known only in Arabic and Persian until now, from both Sunni and Shi'ite sources. Tafsir will run alongside the Qur'anic text and provide readers a key for studying the Qur'an in the same vein as study Bibles have assisted readers in the Protestant and Catholic traditions. Legal, philological, philosophical, and mystical commentaries will be included from both Sunni and Shi'ite sources and will be a first in providing readers a more inclusive vision of the Qur'an.
The El-Hibri grant, administered by the Ali Vural Ak Center and George Mason University, supports course release and summer funding for three editorial researchers and a team of research assistants working on this project. Editorial leadership is under the direction of University Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr of George Washington University.
Harper & Row of San Francisco, California is slated to publish this eagerly awaited translation of the Qur'an, The Study Qur'an, in the fall of 2015.
"New Approaches to Qur'an and Exegesis" October 2010
"Contemplating the Qur'an" March 2013
"The Qur'an and the Reading of History" April 2015