Jefferson

Many have falsely concluded Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States of America, owned a copy of the Qur’an so he could understand his enemies. This conclusion is false for the fact that Jefferson knew of no pending wars as he was still a student at the college of William & Mary when he made his purchase.

The Barbary pirates, who many cite as being his enemies, did not wage war with the USA until 1801. Roughly 41 years after Jefferson started his education at the College of William & Mary.

The real truth is Jefferson owned his copy of the Qur’an to aid him in his studies. At the time Jefferson was a student of jurisprudence.

Jefferson purchased his copy of George Sale’s translation of the Qur’an from a bookseller on Duke of Gloucester Street in Virginia, USA.