Towards Understanding the Qur'an
Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi, Trans./Ed. Zafar Ansari. A lively and highly readable English rendering of Tafhim al-Qur'an. This tafsir answers contemporary questions and makes the Qur'an fully relevant to the concerns of our day, yet it loses none of its timelessness nor sacrifices any of the traditional understanding. Each Surah is prefaced by an account of the background and teachings. Maps and indexes add greatly to the work.