Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Opus 2011-105, Koran Klarifications: Spelling Problems

What is the Koran?  It is the document that records the words that Mohammed claimed to receive from the mouth of the Angel Gabriel. 
"And we have parcelled out the Koran into sections, that thou mightest recite it unto men by slow degrees, and we have sent it down piecemeal."  Surah 17, “The Children of Israel,” verse 106
This makes it the most sacred book of the religion of Islam.  It would be the Bible of Islam or, from their point of view, the Bible is the Koran of Christianity.

If you spend any time reading you will notice that there are spelling problems.  I will use the spelling “Koran” because that is what I am used to.  You will also see “Quran” and “Qur’an” and possibly other versions.  You will see the same types of varieties with the spelling of the name Mohammed.  In my last software the computer gave me five accepted spellings of the name.  My current program gives me six. 

The basic problem is deciding how to represent the Arabic script in Roman letters.  You see the same problem in Chinese.  These languages have their own script that is based on a different system than Western Europe.  Over the ages different people have developed different ways to represent the sounds they hear.  Add to that different regional twangs.  As an example, how would you phonetically spell the word “oil” if you heard it pronounced by J. Vernon McGee?  I would go for “awl.”  That is different from the way Dan Rather would say it.  So get used to it.

Another issue is arrogance.  I am using a textbook that spells Mecca as Mekkah and Medina as Medinah.  These types of things come from “scholars” needing to impress people with their knowledge.  You always need to factor arrogance in.  The pronunciation of “Muslim” can also be a problem of arrogance.  I have people telling me how to say it.  They claim there is only one way.  When I ask Muslims they tend to shrug and say it doesn’t matter.

All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.

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