Some eighty per cent of Muslims in the contemporary world speak
languages other than Arabic, the language of the Qur'an. To respond
to the needs of their communities, Muslim scholars and laypersons
must increasingly explain and communicate the meanings of the
Qur'an in their own languages - including through the medium of
Qur'an commentary and translation. The Qur'an and its Readers
Worldwide provides an introduction to this rich and expanding field
of endeavour. It brings together a selection of Qur'an commentaries
and translations produced across the twentieth century to the
present day, and ranging in provenance from the regions of the
traditional Islamic heartlands to the new loci of global Islam.
Individual chapters examine works in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese,
English, German, Malay, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu, each
viewed in terms of the impact of modernity on the encounter with
the Qur'an, providing an English readership with an exceptionally
broad overview. Situating these
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