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Author Lawrence, Bruce B., author.

Title The Koran in English : a biography / Bruce B. Lawrence.

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    297.1225 LAW    Available
 PAS Hill Avenue Branch Non-Fiction    297.1225 LAW    Available
Description 247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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Series Lives of great religious books
Lives of great religious books.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- 1. Muhammad and revelation -- 2. The orientalist Koran -- 3. The South Asian Koran -- 4. The virtual Koran and beyond -- 5. The Koran up close -- 6. The politics of Koran translation -- 7. The graphic Koran -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix: Koran translations in English -- Notes -- Index.
Summary For millions of Muslims, the Qur'an is sacred only in Arabic, the original Arabic in which it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century; to many Arab and non-Arab believers alike, the book literally defies translation. Yet English translations exist and are growing, in both number and importance. Bruce Lawrence tells the remarkable story of the ongoing struggle to render the Qur'an's lyrical verses into English--and to make English itself an Islamic language. The "Koran" in English revisits the life of Muhammad and the origins of the Qur'an before recounting the first translation of the book into Latin by a non-Muslim: Robert of Ketton's twelfth-century version paved the way for later ones in German and French, but it was not until the eighteenth century that George Sale's influential English version appeared. Lawrence explains how many of these early translations, while part of a Christian agenda to "know the enemy," often revealed grudging respect for their Abrahamic rival. British expansion in the modern era produced an anomaly: fresh English translations--from the original Arabic--not by Arabs or non-Muslims but by South Asian Muslim scholars. The first book to explore the complexities of this translation saga, The "Koran" in English also looks at cyber Korans, versions by feminist translators, and now a graphic Koran, the American Qur'an created by the acclaimed visual artist Sandow Birk.
Subject Qurʼan -- Translations into English -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9780691155586 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0691155585 (hardcover ; alk. paper)

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