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Title: A Comparative Study of Four English Translations of Sûrat Ad-Dukhân on the Semantic Level
Written By: Saudi Sadiq

Through combining a knowledge of translation theory and application, the
present book aims at holding a semantic comparison of four English
translations attempted by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall, ‘Abdullâh Yûsuf
‘Alî, Arthur J. Arberry and Muhammad Mahmûd Ghâlî of Sûrat Ad-Dukhân (the
Chapter of Smoke). As a theoretical framework, the book deals with several
linguistic and cultural problems of translation, with special reference to
Qur'ân translation, and the principles that should be considered on
translating the Qur'ân. The core of the book is a comparison of sixty-eight
lexical, syntactic and stylistic selections from Sûrat Ad-Dukhân. The
comparison depends on various Qur’ân interpretations and Arabic
dictionaries to decide the precise meaning(s) of the selections. Then, a
translation is suggested, and the four translations are judged: the correct
ones are acknowledged and the mistaken shown, along with the reasons
underlying the mistake(s). To reach the precise meaning in English and
judge the translations compared accurately, many English dictionaries are
utilized. The comparison shows that the best translation in terms of
meaning precision and easiness of expression is that of Ghâlî, followed by
Pickthall's, Arberry’s and ‘Alî’s respectively.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1443820601
ISBN-13: 9781443820608
Pages: 205
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99