Originally Posted by WT Sharpe
The Oxford University Press edition contains extensive notes in the Preface concerning the origins of Qu'ran, the various English translations, and a bit of historical background into the life of Muhammad and the major Islamic traditions. It seems to me to be an excellent place to start.
I picked up a copy of this edition and have learned a lot just from this preface. Wouldn't it be nice if everybody made an attempt to understand each other.