Qur’an translation of the week

Qur’an translation of the week #133: Global publishers of Qur’an translations: The Conveying Islamic Message Society from Alexandria, Egypt

The Conveying Islamic Message Society (‘Jamʿiyyat Tablīgh al-Islām’, or CIMS) is one of the oldest Islamic non-government organizations in the world, and is especially interested in Islamic missionary activity, or daʿwah. The ‘call to Islam’ has always been its main priority, and it directs its mission to both Eastern and Western audiences. Now operating from …

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Qur’an translation of the week #132: The inexhaustible drive for translation accuracy: Koran: Perevod na russkiĭ i͡azyk by Ural Sharipov and Raisa Sharipova ([Moscow: Vorobyev A.V., 2009] Moscow: Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2012)

This week our attention is focused on another attempt to translate the Qur’an into Russian by translators from an academic background. Two Tatar Islamicists, Ural Sharipov (b. 1937) and Raisa Sharipova (b. 1940), published the first edition of their translation in 2009, and the second edition in 2012. Koran: Perevod na russkiĭ i͡azyk is associated …

Qur’an translation of the week #132: The inexhaustible drive for translation accuracy: Koran: Perevod na russkiĭ i͡azyk by Ural Sharipov and Raisa Sharipova ([Moscow: Vorobyev A.V., 2009] Moscow: Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2012) Read More »

Qur’an translation of the week #131: The ‘scientific miracle’ of the Qur’an brought to French readers: Le Noble Coran, Algiers 2022

The most recent French Qur’an translation, published in 2022, is also the first to be published in Algeria since the country became independent from France in 1962, or actually since the publication of the very first French Qur’an translation undertaken by Muslim authors, which appeared in 1931. This is probably at least partly due to …

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Qur’an translation of the week #130: ‘To every age its book’: An Exiled Post-Ottoman’s The Wisdom of the Qur’an (La sagesse coranique)

In 1935, the Orientalist publishing house Paul Geuthner in Paris published posthumously the last oeuvre of an exiled Turkish Muslim who had only just died of a heart attack en route from Alexandria to Europe. This work, a partial Qur’an translation titled La sagesse coranique (‘The Wisdom of the Qur’an’), was printed at the behest …

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Qur’an translation of the week #129: The Poetic Qur’an: H.B. Jassin’s Qur’an Translation into Modern Indonesian

H.B. Jassin, a prominent Indonesian writer born in 1917, began his career during the Dutch colonial period, and continued writing throughout the Japanese occupation and into the era of Indonesian independence. He was a literary critic, journalist, novelist, translator and editor, as well as the author of poetry and short stories. Jassin’s expertise in literature …

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Qur’an translation of the week #128: Il-Qoran Imqaddes, ‘The Holy Qur’an’ in the Maltese language

The Maltese language, with its half-million speakers, belongs to the Semitic language family. Although most of the Muslim minority population in Malta (which totaled around 30,000 people in 2020) have various migrant backgrounds, the community primarily uses two Maltese translations of the Qur’an. The first was prepared in the 1990s by a Catholic theologian, Edmund …

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Qur’an translation of the week #127: The First Ahmadi English Qur’an translation

In 1915, the Ahmadiyya Movement published the first part of The Holy Qur-ān with English Translation and Explanatory Notes, the first Ahmadi translation to be published in a European language. The Ahmadiyya Movement was the first Islamic group to begin translating the Qur’an into European languages, a project they initiated at the beginning of the …

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Qur’an translation of the week #126: Global publishers of Qur’an translations: The World Islamic Call Society of Tripoli, Libya

The World Islamic Call Society (WICS, est. 1972) is one of the most active institutions engaged in global Muslim missionary activities. Part of the ideological strategy developed by Muammar al-Gaddafi (1942–2011) to use the Islamic religious network as a tool of leadership in Africa and beyond, WICS continues to operate even after the Libyan revolution …

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Qur’an translation of the week #125: Qur’an translation and ‘Tafsīr Azan.ru’: Imperial language in the digital age

The geography of the former Russian Empire and the power of its language have had lasting effects, not only on geopolitics but also on the grassroots level activities of various actors. Our thread today is about how Muslims have used the Russian language and the geography of the Empire to create a Qur’an translation and …

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Qur’an translation of the week #124: The Muslim World League as a Publisher of Qur’an translations

The Muslim World League (‘Rābiṭat al-ʿĀlam al-Islāmī’, MWL) officially came into being on December 15, 1962. This global Muslim organization, which has its headquarters in Mecca, remains one of the most influential transnational Islamic institutions and has realized many different goals, from the cultural and religious to the political. Fifty years on from its establishment, …

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