Jonathan is a Toronto writer and columnist.

Jonathan Kay

The Koran in English

Bruce B. Lawrence

As 2017 comes to a close, I'd like to draw readers' attention to a book that got modest attention, but which ranked among my favourites for the year: Bruce B. Lawrence's The Koran in English, published in July by Princeton University Press. While the title suggests two academic subjects lawyered one upon the other (the Koran itself, and the translation thereof), that is not the overall effect. Through spare but skillful storytelling, Lawrence provides readers with an accessible and surprisingly entertaining overview of English-speaking civilization's interaction with Islam from antiquity to the modern era.