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“Revealed for the Masses: Translations of the Qur’an in the late Ottoman Empire, Turkey and Egypt"

Monday, November 5, 2012
12:00 AM
2022 Thayer Building, 202 South Thayer

The Qur’an is often said to be untranslatable. Nevertheless, in the late nineteenth century a
growing chorus of Muslim voices - both Arabic and Turkish speakers - began to argue that
translating the Qur’an was essential for modern Muslim societies. They instigated a wave of
debates on Qur’anic translation that reshaped the way in which the central text of Islam would
be read and imagined in the age of nationalism.

Speaker:
Brett Wilson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Macalester College