The Vernacular Qur’an: Translation and the Rise of Persian Exegesis

  • Offers a comparative perspective on the translation of sacred scriptures and on various theories of translation
  • Examines a broad range of early Persian translations and commentaries of the Qur’an
  • Illuminates the relationship between Arabic juridical and theological writings and early Persian hermeneutics and how they connect to early patterns of conversion and institutions of religious education
  • Includes images of manuscripts of Qur’anic translations and commentaries, providing insights into the codicological practices of the Qur’an in vernaculars
  • Provides translated material from Arabic and Persian hitherto unavailable in English to expand understanding of early Islamic history
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