The Latin Translation of the Qurʾān by Johann Zechendorff (1580-1662) Discovered in Cairo Dār al-Kutub

A Preliminary Description

in Oriente Moderno
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?



Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.



Help

Have Institutional Access?



Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?



Connect

The manuscript Maṣāḥif 198 of Cairo Dār al-kutub preserves an interlinear Latin translation of the Qurʾān. It is the work by Johann Zechendorff (1580-1662) who made it in the first half of the seventeenth century but could not find a publisher for it. Handwriting and further information from his published booklets on the Qurʾān confirm this. Zechendorff copied the Qurʾānic text from a manuscript of the Qurʾān he had acquired and produced an Arabic text which he translated inserting the corresponding Latin for each word. Notes in margin correct some inconsistencies and add comments from various sources. The manuscript as a whole is a unique testimony on the way a western scholar of the Qurʾān dealt with the Muslim holy text. Further, it is a new complete translation of the Qurʾān from the seventeenth century, which is brought to the attention of scholars.

Sections

References

6

Lib. 1, p. 161.

29

See below, p. 23.

45

See p. 68 (see fig. 5), 101, 572, 635, 1067.

53

Toomer, Eastern Wisedom and Learning, p. 51 and n. 223. On Zechendorff as an Arabist he gives as reference Worthington, J. Diary and Correspondence of Dr. John Worthington edited by James Crossley. Printed for the Chetham Society, 1847, ii/i, 33.

55

See Ben-Tov, “Johann Zechendorff”. The context of the studies of Arabic in 17th century German academies are treated by A. Ben-Tov in his “The Academic Study of Arabic in Seventeenth- and early Eighteenth-century Protestant Germany”. History of Universities, 37, 2 (2014), p. 93-135.

56

See Ben-Tov, “Johann Zechendorff”. Cf. Hamilton, “German Honour”, p. 174, who gives the date 1646 (according to Bobzin).

Figures

  • © Cairo Dār al-kutub wa-l-waṯāʾiq al-qawmiyyah, Ms Maṣāḥif 198, cover.
    View in gallery
  • © Cairo Dār al-kutub wa-l-waṯāʾiq al-qawmiyyah, Ms Maṣāḥif 198, p. 805-806.
    View in gallery
  • © Cairo Dār al-kutub wa-l-waṯāʾiq al-qawmiyyah, Ms Maṣāḥif 198, p. ivb-1.
    View in gallery
  • © Cairo Dār al-kutub wa-l-waṯāʾiq al-qawmiyyah, Ms Maṣāḥif 198, p. 235-236.
    View in gallery
  • © Cairo Dār al-kutub wa-l-waṯāʾiq al-qawmiyyah, Ms Maṣāḥif 198, p. 67-68.
    View in gallery
  • © Cairo Dār al-kutub wa-l-waṯāʾiq al-qawmiyyah, Ms Maṣāḥif 198, p. 1027-1028.
    View in gallery

Information

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 8 8 4
Full Text Views 6 6 6
PDF Downloads 2 2 2
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0