Richard Bell (Arabist)

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Richard Bell (1876–1952) was a British Arabist at the University of Edinburgh. Between 1937 and 1939 he published a translation of the Qur'an, and in 1953 his Introduction to the Qur'an was published (revised in 1970 by W. Montgomery Watt). Both works have been influential in Quranic studies in the west.


  • The Qur'an. Translated, with a critical re-arrangement of the Surahs 2 vols, Edinburgh University Press, 1937–39
  • The Origin of Islam in its Christian Environment The Gunning Lectures. Edinburgh University Press, 1925
  • Introduction to the Qurʾān Islamic Surveys 8. Edinburgh University Press, 1953, revised by W.Montgomery Watt 1970, new yo edition 1995 ISBN 978-0-7486-0597-2

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