Turkey to release Quran translations in 10 languages
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 20, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 20, 2016 12:00 am
The state-run religious body, the Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB), is preparing to release translations of the Quran in 10 languages. The move follows earlier translations of the Quran by the DİB in 15 languages as part of efforts to reach out to Muslim communities across the globe.
The DİB runs a project on translations under the motto of "Let No Language Remain Without a Quran," which saw the release of translations in French, Kurdish, Armenian, Romanian, Russian, Georgian, Spanish, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Italian, Kazakh, Danish, Albanian and Tatar.
New translations will include English, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Kyrgyz, Portuguese, Korean, Persian, Lithuanian and Bosnian. Translations will also be available online. Yıldıray Kaplan, the head of the DİB's department in charge of publications in foreign languages, said they planned to publish translations in every one of the world's languages. Kaplan said translated works will be delivered by the religious body to countries where that particular language is spoken widely. "We hope to facilitate humanity receiving the blessed message of Islam in all languages, to let them meet the main source of our religion," he said.
The DİB's translation project comes on the heels of an initiative by the religious authority to build mosques around the world. The authority, which oversees mosques in Turkey, has already constructed more than 100 mosques around the world and plans to build more as the country tries to reach out to Muslim communities around the world, particularly with ones it shares religious and historic ties with.