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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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Index of Slavic words and phrases


The words and phrases which occur in this index are lowercase because of their variable spelling in excerpted texts. Furthermore, all forms are presented in the singular number. The entries in the Index cover the semantic fields corresponding to the five tenets of Islam, namely: 1. Belief in only one God, 2. Belief in angels, 3. Belief in the holy books: the Torah, the Gospel and the Quran, 4. Belief in God’s messengers (from Adam to Muhammad), 5. Belief in the Day of the Last Judgement. As most of these are common names, they have not been capitalized even in the English version.←366 | 367→


angel/angel 203, 250

ãngel/angel 136

angieł boży/angel of God 129

anhel boží/angel of the Lord 134, 156, 186

anhel ‘aršovij/angel of the Throne 186

anhel nepeśk’ij/angel of heaven 156, 186, 203

anhel strašnij čornij/frightful, black angel 136, 187

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