Ali Ünal

Ali Ünal is a renowned scholar, Muslim philosopher, journalist, and prolific translator of works with an Islamic theme into English. He has written for many periodicals and is a columnist for Zaman daily newspaper. His published books include Living in the Shade of Islam, Islamic Perspectives on Science, Islam Addresses Contemporary Issues, The Resurrection and the Afterlife, and The Qur’an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English.

Ali Ünal Ali Unal

Ali Ünal


Ünal was born on 19 January 1955 in Uşak, Turkey. He is often associated with the Gülen Movement, an Islamic group in Turkey. In addition to being an author, Ali Ünal is a prolific translator of works with an Islamic theme into English and has translated into English many works by Fethullah Gülen, the spiritual leader and founder of the Gülen Movement. In 2006, Ali Ünal’s English translation of the Quran was released. Ali Ünal’s translation has been noted for its use of contemporary English, which makes it more readable than some classical Quran translations. Entitled The Qur’an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English, the work also included extensive annotations by the translator.

The Qur'an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English

The Qur’an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English

Ali Ünal‘s published books as author and editor include Islam Addresses Contemporary IssuesIslamic Perspectives on Science: Knowledge and ResponsibilityThe Resurrection and the AfterlifeThe Prophet Promised in World Scriptures, An Introduction to Islamic Faith and ThoughtLiving in the Shade of IslamLiving the Ethics and Morality of IslamFethullah Gülen: An Advocate of Dialogue, and General Principles in the Risale-i Nur Collection for a True Understanding of Islam.

Ali Ünal has about twenty translations from Turkish to English and more than ten from English to Turkish. He has more than twenty books in Turkish.

Ali Ünal was also a columnist for Zaman, a major Turkish daily newspaper.

He was detained on 16 August 2016 over links to the Gülen Movement. He was accused of “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order”, “establishing and managing an armed terrorist organization” and “membership in a terrorist organization”. According to Stockholm Center for Freedom, the court presented 17 of his articles published in Zaman as evidence. On 14 November 2018, he was sentenced to 19 years and 6 months in prison.

Here is more information about Ali Unal’s persecution by Erdogan’s Regime.