Qur’an translation of the week

Qur’an translation of the week #88: ‘Koran Slovesnost- Perevod Smyslov’ (2019) by Serik Ryszhanov

Is God’s scripture alone enough to provide sufficient guidance to believers? The general answer across the Abrahamic faiths has been ‘no’, however the tendency to eschew the intermediation of religious scholars and clergy and focus solely on scripture has been represented by various religious movements throughout history. They have emerged at different times and in …

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Qur’an translation of the week #87: The Uncrowned King of Java and his Qur’an Translation

Indonesia has experienced approximately 350 years of colonization, first by the Portuguese and Dutch following the arrival of the Dutch VOC (Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie) in the 1600s and, more recently, with three years of Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945. The country’s struggle to achieve independence was not easy, especially given the diversity of …

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Qur’an translation of the week #86: ‘Kur’an Časni’- one of the earliest Qur’an translations in Yugoslavia

One of the most populous Muslim areas of Europe, former Yugoslavia played quite a significant role in the development of Muslim revivalism and activism in the Eastern European context. This is reflected in the fact that one of the first Muslim translations of the Qur’an into the local language, ‘Kur’an Časni’ (‘The Holy Qur’an’), appeared …

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Qur’an translation of the week #85: ‘The preeminent reading’ – ‘Lecture par excellence’: The first Muslim Qur’an translation into French

This week, we present the first Muslim Qur’an translation into French, after having discussed its English equivalent last week. Both efforts had their origin in the colonial period, but there were notable differences between the contexts of the French-ruled Maghreb and British India. Before addressing them, let us take a closer look at ‘Le Coran,’ …

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Qur’an translation of the week #84: ‘The Holy Qurʾan with a commentary’ – the first English translation composed by a Muslim

This week we take a close look at Abdul Hakim Khan’s (d. 1917?) ‘The Holy Qurʾan with a commentary’, which was published in 1905 and is the first English translation of the Qurʾan to be authored by a Muslim. As this post coincides with Christmas, we will focus on the way Khan treats the conception …

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Qur’an translation of the week #83: Turkish interpretation, Bulgarian translation- ‘Sveshteniyat Koran’ by Ivan Dobrev

Bulgaria has quite a large Muslim community (of more than half million people) which traditionally has had close cultural relations with Turkey, thus attempts to ‘Bulgarizing’ the Holy Book of Islam have historically been deemed as a challenge to the Turkish language and identity. Almost all published Bulgarian translations were prepared outside the community of …

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Qur’an translation of the week #82: Between slavery and apartheid – an imam in Western Cape and his Afrikaans Qur’an translation

The history of the first Afrikaans Qur’an translation throws a spotlight on the afterlives of slavery and colonialism, the international movement of texts and ideas in the twentieth century, and the disruption of modern South African history. ‘Die Heilige Qur’ān’ by Imam Mohammed Armien Baker (1910–1982) was first published in 1961 by Nasionale Boekhandel, in …

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Qur’an translation of the week #81: ‘Qurani-Kərim və məalı’ – A new Azerbaijanian ‘translation of the meanings of the Qur’an’

Following the pattern of almost all translations of the Qur’an into Turkish, Ələddin Sultanov’s recent Azerbaijani Qur’an translation (Baku: İpəkyolu nəşriyyatı, 2020) is named a ‘translation of the meanings of the Qur’an’ (məalı, sing. məal). First appearing as a word-by-word translation intended to assist those who study the Qur’an, this text was later developed into …

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Qur’an translation of the week #80: A Tunisian translator’s Qur’an with a French artist’s illuminations- Ameur Ghedira’s Le Coran (Lyon 1957)

In 1957, Ameur Ghedira (1926–?), Lecturer of Arabic at the University of Lyon, France, published a new Qur’an translation with illuminations by the French painter and illustrator Jean Gradassi (1907–1981). The edition was printed by a local publisher on vellum paper with a print run of 607 copies, including a number of particularly prestigious collectors’ …

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Qur’an translation of the week #79: The Qur’an in Czech- Muslim Orientalist translation

Can a Qur’an translation be both ‘Muslim’ and ‘Orientalist’ at the same time? The history of Ivan Hrbek’s translation of the Qur’an into Czech is an interesting case that provides some useful insights. Although the number of Muslims living in the Czech Republic has never exceeded 0.1% of the overall population (of around ten million), …

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