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Dialogue of Scriptures

The Tatar Tefsir in the Context of Biblical and Qur’anic Interpretations


Joanna Kulwicka-Kaminska

This book focuses on Muslim–Christian cultural relations across a number of centuries. As for the methodology, the book represents an intersection of religious studies, linguistics and translations studies. The bases of research are a Tatar tefsir and 19th- and 20th-century printed translations of the Qur’an into Polish. In the period of the Reformation, the Tatar adherents of Sunni Islam conducted the dialogue with Christianity. They translated the Qur’an into Polish already in the second half of the 16th century. They used the Arabic alphabet to record the translation and conferred the form of a tefsir to it. Who were the Tatar translators? Did they break the ban on the translation of the Holy Book of Islam? What sources did they use? How did they translate the Muslim religious terminology? Why is their translation of the Qur’an not familiar to researchers? These are only a few questions which are explored in this work.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Biblical and Quranic interpretations / Joanna Kulwicka-Kaminska.

Description: Berlin ; New York : Peter Lang, [2018] | Series: European studies in theology, philosophy and history of religions, ISSN 2192-1857 ; vol. 19 | Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018042906 | ISBN 9783631675946 (Print) | ISBN 9783653069174 (E-PDF) | ISBN 9783631709948 (EPUB) | ISBN 9783631709955 (MOBI)

Subjects: LCSH: Quran--Translating. | Quran--Versions, Polish. | Qur’an--Hermeneutics. | Islam--Terminology. | Bible--Translating--Lithuania (Grand Duchy) | Bible--Versions, Polish. | Bible--Commentaries--History and criticism. | Tatars--Lithuania (Grand Duchy) | Islam--Relations--Christianity. | Polish language--Religious aspects--Islam. | Polish language--Religious aspects--Christianity.

Classification: LCC BP131.15.P6 K85 2018 | DDC 220.5/91851--dc23

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This publication was financed by the Faculty of Languages of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

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