A dictionary and glossary of the Koran, with copious grammatical references and explanations of the text by John Penrice
A DICTIONARY AND GLOSSARY OF THE KORAN
It is not to be expected that all the transcendant excellencies and miraculous beauties discovered in the Koran by its commentators and others should immediately unveil themselves to our cold and unsympathizing gaze; beauties there are, many and great-;
ideas highly poetical are clothed in rich and appropriate language, which not unfrequently rises to a sublimity far beyond the reach of any translation ; but it is unfortunately the case that many of those graces which present themselves to the admiration of the finished scholar are but so many stumbling-blocks in the way of the beginner;
the marvelous conciseness which adds so greatly to the force and energy of its expressions cannot fail to perplex him, while the frequent use of the ellipse leaves in his mind a feeling of vagueness not altogether out of character in a work of its oracular and soi-disant prophetic nature.
It has been the privilege of the Koran rather to impose its own laws upon grammar than to accept them from other sources;
and as it was vrritten originally without vowel points, it is not surprising that a good deal of difficulty has been experienced in framing rules fo meet the various readings that have thence crept in.