Searching for Solace : A Biography of Abdullah Yusuf Ali (Interpreter of the Qur'an)

This is the first detailed account of the life and ideas of A Yusuf Ali, whose 'The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary' is the most widely used English translation of the Qur'an. This is a candid and sympathetic study that draw on Yusuf Ali's writings and private papers, as well as unpublished sources.
Author: M. A. Sherif
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 314
  • Publisher: Islamic Book Trust (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:9839154001
  • ISBN-13:978-9839154009
  • Product Dimensions:8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

This biography is the first detailed account of the life and ideas of a leading Muslim of his day who represented British India on the world stage. Yusuf Ali came to prominence in the Great War (WWI) for his outspoken support of the Indian contribution to the Allied effort, and in the decades to follow established a reputation within India and internationally as an educationalist. Sir Muhammed Iqbal sought him out as a principal of Islamia College, Lahore. Yusuf Ali is most famous in the English-speaking Muslim world for a major work of 20th century Islamic scholarship -- his The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary, published in 1934. This book is of special interest to Muslims originating from the subcontinent (e.g. India, Pakistan), where most of the book takes place.

Searching for Solace isn’t exclusively about Yusuf Ali’s work on the Quran. It is divided into two parts. The first is a "chronological account of his life and the second draws out the themes most prominent in his activities and speeches".