An early English translation of the Q'uran

The most important eighteenth-century translation into English of the Qur'an

SALE, George. Koran (London, 1734)

sale's koran

George Sale based this translation on the new Latin translation of the Qur'an by the Italian Catholic priest Ludovico Marracci (1698). The work includes explanatory notes and a preliminary discourse in which Sale takes an apologetic stance; while Muhammad cannot be considered equal to Moses or Jesus because their “laws really came from Heaven,” Muhammad nonetheless gave his people “the best religion he could, as well as the best laws, preferable, at least, to those of the ancient pagan lawgivers.”