Assessing English Translations of the Qur’an

Assessing English Translations of the Qur’an.

Crescent Quran Corpus Syntactic Treebank


Crescent Quran Corpus, an annotated linguistic resource which shows the syntax, morphology and Arabic grammarCrescent Quran Corpus, an annotated linguistic resource which shows the syntax, morphology and Arabic grammar for each word in the Holy Quran. for each word in the Holy Quran.

Syntactic Treebank

Book review of Farid Esack’s Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism

Book review of Farid Esack’s Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism,

Oxford: Oneworld, 1997.

by Abdal Hakim Murad

Biggest Quran claimed

AJMER: On the occasion of 796 Urs of Khwaja Garib Nawaj Chisti the devotees will be able to see the biggest Quran of the world which will be kept in the dargah premises.

Sayeed Najmul Hasan Chisti claims that he has prepared the biggest Quran in the world which is 8 feet broad and 5 feet long. It has 63 pages, which took 9 years to write the religious book.

“A team of Guinness world records Book would reach here on July 6 to verify the claim of biggest Koran of the world” Said Najmul who wrote this book. The dargah committee agreed to display the Quran for Zayreens who will come here to participate in the Urs.

Najmul said that the dargah committee agreed to display the Koran in the premises and for the book the committee is constructing a glass display cabin. Proper lighting will be done inside and a security guard will be deputed in front of the cabin.

The Koran Interpreted

An English Audiobook of The Koran.

Excellent links from Mere Islam: Some Qur’an Related Links

An Introduction to the Science of Tafsir

Mufti Shafi Uthmani

The literal meaning of tafseer in the Arabic language is to open or to explain, interpret or comment. Technically, the science of tafseer is a branch of knowledge in which the meanings of the Quran are explained and its injunctions and wisdoms are described openly and clearly. (al-Burham) Addressing the Holy Prophet, the Glorious Qur’an says:

We revealed the Qur’an to you so that you explain to the people what has been sent down to them (16:44).

The Holy Qur’an also says:

Surely, Allah did a great favour to Muslims when He sent a Messenger to them from among them who would recite His verses before them and purify them and teach them the Book and the Wisdom (3:164).

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Queen Elizabeth II visits mosque, listens to Quran recital

BURSA, Turkey (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II listened to a recital of the Quran at an Ottoman-era mosque Wednesday, the second day of a state visit to Turkey.

Her shoes removed and her head covered, the queen heard a religious scholar recite verses from the holy book at the 15th-century Green Mosque.

Earlier, the British monarch watched a traditional Ottoman shadow puppet show and a fashion show. She also visited a silk market in Bursa, a city that once was an Ottoman capital.

The queen is making her first visit to Turkey in nearly 37 years to highlight the importance Britain attaches to the predominantly Muslim country that is vying for European Union membership.

On Tuesday, she praised Turkey’s role as a bridge between the West and the Muslim world.

U.S. soldier uses Quran for target practice

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A soldier used the Quran — Islam’s holy book — for target practice, forcing the chief U.S. commander in Baghdad to issue a formal apology on Saturday. from CNN

Koran Sells for Record 2.5 Million Pounds at Christie’s, London

By Scott Reyburn

April 9 (Bloomberg) — A 7th-century leaf from a Koran fetched a record 2.5 million pounds ($4.92 million) with fees in London yesterday at Christie’s International’s biggest-grossing sale of Islamic art.

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First verse of the Koran in 6,000 different styles

New Delhi, Apr 8 His inclination towards calligraphy was realised way back in school, when he frequently labelled the notebooks of his classmates with their names written in beautiful artistic forms.

However, for 60-year old Hashim Akhtar Naqvi, an architect by profession and calligrapher by interest, the inclination became a life-long devotion when he took upon the task of writing the first verse of the Holy Koran in as many stylised forms as possible. Read More