A man reads the Quran in London before the Ramadan evening meal.
About a year ago, I talked with Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations about the group's effort to get more people to read the Quran.
Mr. Awad: Studies and research have shown that only two percent of Americans feel very knowledgeable about Islam, and also, studies have shown that when knowledge goes up, prejudice goes down. So we thought since the President has quoted the Quran on the universal issues, such as the sanctity of human life, racial and religious diversity, the importance of speaking the truth, we thought maybe it might be a good idea to make the Quran available to Americans so that they can read it for themselves.
You can read the Quran here. Chapters are short and appear in English and Arabic, so you may need to navigate more slowly through pages. Beliefnet columnist Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa discusses Quran translations here. And here's the full Awad interview from NPR's Tell Me More.