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Top 7 Qur'an Commentary & Companion Texts

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When reading the Qur'an, it is often helpful to have more explanation of a given verse, or more historical background on a particular story told. Themes can be connected among chapters, and parables can be phrased or explained in different ways to highlight their underlying message. These commentary and companion texts provide this extra information which can help aid your understanding of the Qu'ran.

1. "Major Themes of the Qur'an," by Fazlur Rahman

Comprehensive book outlining the major themes of the Qur'an and where they are found throughout the text.

2. "A Concise Thematic Commentary on the Holy Quran," by Muhammad Al-Ghazali

This commentary shows that each surah (chapter) of the Qur'an has a unifying theme and message. The author pulls together the verses and images, and connects them to show the main topics of the various chapters.
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3. "Ulum al-Quran," by Ahmad von Denffer

Geared to the Muslim reader, this book gives a good introduction to the disciplines of knowledge needed to understand the Qur'an. Includes the compilation of the text, abrogation of verses, and the use of allegory and parable.
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4. "The Meaning of the Quran," by A.A. Maududi

This six-volume collection of Qur'anic commentary is one of the more popular that has been translated into English, covering in-depth explanation of the entire Qur'an.

5. "Way to the Quran," by Khurram Murad

This book is aimed at guiding a person through a personal study of the Qur'an. It includes practical tips, such as how often to read and for how long, as well as personal advice about how to open your heart to the Qur'anic message.

6. "Tafseer Ibn Katheer"

For the advanced reader, this set is the only complete exegesis of the entire Qur'an in English. A must-have for any serious student of Islam.

7. Atlas of the Qur'an

This unique book looks at the places, nations, and landmarks which are mentioned in the Qur'an, attempting to identify their geographic locations and historical contexts.
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