Qur'an

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English[edit]

A page of the Qur’an.

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic القُرْآنُ (al-qurʾānu), definite form of قُرْآنٌ (qurʾānun, act of reciting), verbal noun of قَرَأَ (qaraʾa, to recite; to read (aloud)). Compare Classical Syriac ܩܪܝܢܐ (qeryānā, reading; scripture).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /kəˈɹɑːn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kəˈɹɑn/, /kəˈɹæn/, /koʊˈɹæn/, /kɔˈɹɑn/
  • Rhymes: -ɑn

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Qur'an (plural Qur'ans)

  1. The Islamic holy book, considered by Muslims to be the word of God as revealed to Muhammad.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, I.5:
      Thus it is not without wonder, how those learned Arabicks so tamely delivered up their belief unto the absurdities of the Alcoran.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy:
      ‘A poor forlorn and ignorant stranger, unacquainted with the very Alcoran of the savage tribe whom you are come to reside among—Never to have heard of Markham, the most celebrated author on farriery!’
    • 1923, "Gandhi spends his time", Time, 16 Dec 1923:
      He reads largely religious books, chiefly the Gita and Upanishads. He has read the Koran and he is now re-reading the Bible.
    • 2011, Malise Ruthven, The Guardian, 1 Jul 2011:
      In the summer of 2002, responding to the 9/11 atrocity, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made a selection of verses from the Qur'an a mandatory text for new students.

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