Approaching the Qur'an
The Early Revelations
Introduced and translated by Michael A. Sells
Paperback 220 pp
Michael Sells offers a superb and very accessible introduction to the Qur'an, the bible of the Islamic faith. Translations of each "sura" or chapter and Sells' commentary are on facing pages, extremely helpful to any Westerner's first attempt to decipher the revelations Muhammad said came to him from God. There is an accompanying CD of recitations.