Islamic culture is unquestionably one of the grater cultures in the history of mankind and of the world today. Within Islamic culture, many ancient cultures have found a species of imortality; to it, many peoples, including non Muslims, have contributed; from it, many ideas and other benefits have radiated to other cultures, including especially our own. Visually it is represented by many beautiful monunments, from the Alhambra in Spania to the Taj Mahal in India, from the crumbling domes of Samarkand to the rising domes of Kano.
Islamic literature can be, and usually is, subdvided according to languages. Principal among them are Arabic, Persian and Turkis; but Berber, Hause, Swahili, Somali, Albanian, Kurdish, Uzbeck, tadjick, Pashto, Baluchi, Urdu, Panjabi, Bengali,Gajarati, Sindhi, Telugu, Tamil, Malay, Javanese,Cham, and good many others must pe added. Many of these languages have nothing, linguistically speacking, in common.
None of the three translation is really outstanding. In this anthology, a new and, I firmly believe, better translation has provided. It is regrattable that the same thing cannot be said for all of the selections.
In fact, there are many grwat works of Islamic literature which have not yet been translated at all, and that is more the pity.