Dr. Ismail Salami will be in charge of translating the Qur’an into English from a new approach based on the conceptual meaning of the central religious text of the Islamic religion. The main aim of the translation is to allow for a better understanding for both the layman and the expert. The translator’s job will involve not only reading the Qur’an but also interpreting it so as to render the message appropriately in the target language (English in this case).
Salami has stated that he finds many of the previous translations of the Qur’an into English inaccurate as regards to the communication of concepts because they had been carried out by non-Muslims. He has further added that the perception of the religious text through these translations is, to a great degree, faulty and that it is too far away from the original in terms of reliability and faithfulness. The new version will be aimed at transmitting the meaning of the text using both modern and classic language that will make the translation more appealing to any English-speaker who reads it. To make the text more reader-friendly, Salami will also include a brief summary or introduction at the beginning of every Sura, a term which can be approximately equated to that of chapters in regular texts.
ABOUT DR ISMAIL SALAMI
Dr Ismail Salami is an Iranian writer, Iranologist and political analyst who also specializes in Shakespearean literature. Salami has also been in charge of several studies on the Scriptures, as well as published his own books in Persian literature and translations of Persian poetry into English. His experience as a translator has allowed him to translate more than a hundred books and other articles.
ABOUT THE QUR’AN
The Qur’an is the central text of the Islamic religion and Muslims regard it as the words of God. The Qur’an proclaims itself as a book of guidance and emphasizes the moral meaning of the text over the narratives. These reasons highlight the importance of understanding, as the readers have to properly comprehend the message if the Qur’an is to act as a proper guide.