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Koran and Islam
Compiled by Michael McGoodwin, prepared 2002

Koran: Bismillah
The Bismillah, transliterated as "Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim", is translated as 
"In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful" 
and appears at the beginning of every sura of the Koran except the ninth. 
 It has been rendered in many different ways calligraphically, of which this is only one version 


I read the Koran in conjunction with a course presented by Alan Rawn Ph.D. for the Northwest Classics Society   Here are some links I have found useful in studying the Koran or which seem appealing.  I am also including some related links regarding other topics related to Islam. Many sites that I have found reflect devout Islamic belief, and I am not in a position to be able to assess their scholarly accuracy or "objectivity".  However, the dedication and conviction of the individuals who have put together many of these sites is quite apparent.  The Koran is a good place to start in trying to learn more about this faith shared by more than one billion people.

The Koran
(Quran / Qur'an / Qu'an / Qur'aan, meaning "The Recitation")

English Translations

Subject Index and Chapter Introductions

Summary of Koran Tenets

I have prepared the following listing of major tenets and subject of the Koran arranged by subject.  Selected quotations are included.


(meaning "Submission to the Will of God")


(1) The background used in this webpage has been modified from the background image used at The Holy Quran (web link no longer available)

(2) The image of the Bismillah at the top of this page has been modified from that on the eMuslim site.