Comparative Quranic Stylistics
This paper is an attempt to create an awareness of the linguistic features present in the English language translations of the meaning of the Quran. A comparative stylistics analysis was done to two of the same Medinan (sixty-first) surah, As-Saff, from two versions of the English translated versions of the Quran: The Message of the Quran- by Muhammad Asad and The Holy Quran- by Abdullah Yusuf Ali.
||Literay Text, Stylistics, Linguistics, Language and Literature Classroom, Literary Criticism, Comparative Studies
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp.467-486.
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Lecturer, English Department, British University in Egypt, Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
I am a U.S. citizen with a PhD in English Literature and Applied Linguistics-Stylistics, as well as a master’s degree and a postgraduate teaching diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language. I have taught both in the United States and abroad. My research is in the field of using English language translations of the Quran as material for the teaching of English language and literature to non-native English speakers. I have done extensive work in this area since 1992, and I have accumulated many case studies and classroom observations. Starting from the experience of substituting sections from the Quran for the standard classroom text, I have employed various pedagogical approaches to teaching the Quran as literature -- questionnaires, stylistic analysis, comparative studies of different English language translations, linguistic analysis of verses, and so on. I have also organized a forum on this topic with experts in the field. In doing all of this, my intention was not to look at the religious value of the verses, but at the literary value that is so abundant in both the English language translations and the original. I would like to publish and share my research-based findings internationally.
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