The Cathedral Library was built in the mid-fifteenth century over the East Cloister.

It houses the book collection of the Chapter in two areas: the Chained Library and the Reading Room.

Featured Book of the Month : JULY

 The Koran     (1734)

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The library has 3 copies of the Koran. The Arabic copy was printed in Hamburg in 1694 and belonged to Bishop Hooper.

There are two English translations which are interesting:

ALEXANDER ROSS (1590-1654) made the first translation into English in 1649. However, this was a translation from the first French translation of 1647 and is not highly regarded.

GEORGE SALE (1697-1736) produced the first scholarly translation directly from Arabic in 1734. He was an Orientalist who may have spent time in the Middle East learning Arabic, but this is disputed. He was certainly an active member of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge. Voltaire praised this translation.

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