Qur'anic Term Translation

A semantic study from Arabic perspective

By Ahmed Allaithy

This book focuses on the meanings and English translations of Qur'anic terms, both in and out of context. The book establishes a method of investigation that linguists and translators can adopt when embarking on the analysis of lexical items of the Qur'an and/or when translating it. Owing to the intrinsic difficulties inherent in the translation of the Qur'an, a detailed study of Qur'anic terms is almost unheard of, in spite of the fact that there are many works that deal with the Qur'an in all languages. Bearing in mind that a 'perfect' translation is no more than an illusion, and that absolute synonymy is nothing but a myth, establishing the meaning of specialized Qur'anic terms with any degree of accuracy is an extremely daunting task, especially when addressing this issue in a language that is not that of the Qur'an. The book helps to brings the Qur'an a step closer to both the general reader as well as the specialized researcher. In addition to the semantic study of the Qur'anic terms and investigating their translations in six other renowned works, the book also addresses a number of important linguistic and cultural issues that no serious researcher of the Qur'an can afford to miss. Its depth of analysis and extensive notes are meant to save the reader the extraordinary effort generally required in checking a multitude of works necessary to understand the topic. [Subject: Language, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies]

Publication Date: 1/1/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789044131185