Through Google search, I've found a couple of English translations of the Quran recommended by scholars. Some editions are also easily available online. The ones I found are basically sentence-by-sentence translations from the Arabic words, at times with explanation of the origin/context of those words in Arabic language.

However, I believe that any kind of translation wouldn't serve me well until I can also read a short contextual explanation/purpose of those Ayats/Surahs based on Islamic history. Can anyone recommend how should I go by with it?


Obviously, this is going to be a matter of personal preferene. You can try multiple sites and see which one fits your needs better.

  • Altafsir hosts a number of Qur'anic Commentary and translations. You can display the tafsīr of your choice through a drop-down menu. See example here.
  • Islam Awakened hosts a transliteration, a word-for-word translation, then a huge number of translations in a long list per verse. There is no Qur'anic Commentary but you may find the multiple translations displayed all in one page to provide a range of the possible meanings of a verse. See example here.
  • QuranX.com hosts a number of tafsīrs, but you have to stick to one tafsīr at a time as it is not possible to change your choice once you are reading one. See example here.
  • Are these full translations or summaries? – Medi1Saif Mar 5 '18 at 11:11
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    @Medi1Saif — The tafsirs are a collection of what is already available in print, so it is a mixture of full translations (e.g., Al-Jalalayn, translated by Feras Hamza) and abridged translations (e.g., Ibn Kathir, translated a team that worked for Darussalam). – III-AK-III Mar 5 '18 at 11:28

There is a good and enriched online library in www.al-islam.org. You may find good books, article, and videos about history of that time as well as commentaries about Holy Quran. Go to following links:



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