Jonathan is a Toronto writer and columnist.
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.