Koran Portal

koran-baqara62This Koran portal comes from, where else, Jordan:

ALTAFSIR.COM is a completely free, non-profit website providing access to the largest and greatest online collection of Qur’anic Commentary (tafsir or tafseer), translation, recitation and essential resources in the world.

It was begun in 2001 by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Jordan. Today the website is fully operational in Arabic and English and provides the original Arabic texts of 110 or more books of Qur’anic Commentary, Interpretation and Explanation (tafsir or tafseer), recitation (tajwid) tutorials and hadith collections, and other fields, pertaining to the study of Qur’anic exegesis. Translations of the meanings of the Qur’an are currently available in 18 different languages, and in several cases more than one translation is available. The site also includes audio Qur’an recitations; resources on Qur’an syntax; resources on the Contexts of Revelation (asbâb al-nuzûl); resources on the meanings of words found in the Qur’an, and other works on the Qur’anic sciences. It contains over a million pages of Qur’anic Commentary and translation. Some of the texts presented here exist only as manuscripts and have never previously been published in book form despite their historical importance and influence. Altafsir.com is thus a complete website for the study of the Qur’anic Sciences.

In addition to presenting the standard Classical and Modern Commentaries on the Holy Qur’an (tafsir or tafseer) texts of all eight schools of jurisprudence, the site also contains works of various mystical, philosophical, linguistic and theological currents. Moreover, the first time in one place, comparative studies between the Shafi‘i, Hanafi, Maliki, Hanbali, Ja‘fari, Zaydi, Ibadi and Thahiri schools can be carried out complete with multi-screen displays and search programs.

If you want to look up a particular passage (in Arabic), you can type in the number here.  My favorite passage is Baqara 62 or 2:62 .

To find the same passage in English, look in the left sidebar, select “translations” (it isn’t a “Koran” unless it’s in Arabic– everything else is a “translation”), then select “English”.  Here is the first book of the Koran, a short passage called the Fatiha.  It’s a sort of declaration of faith, as common to Muslims as the Lord’s Prayer is in the Christian faith. This is the Pickthall translation.  If you want to see a different tranlation, click for the dropdown menu under “works”, then click “display”.  Here is one English translation for the verse I like:  Baqara 62.

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2 Responses to “Koran Portal”

  1. Liz I. Says:

    Nijma, thank you for posting this.

    May all beings enjoy peace and happiness.

  2. Nijma Says:

    More Koran portals:

    Multimediaquran has several English translations, Arabic, and pronunciation on the same page, with sound.

    Answering Christianity (the name is unfortunate) produces 12 English translations plus the transliteration and the Arabic.

    Light upon light has a nice verse-by-verse Koran reader window that lets you see the Arabic and the English and hear the recitation at the same time. Only one English translation is available, but you can choose from several recitations. (Unfortunately, they also feel the necessity of taking potshots at other religions.)

    Bible:
    Don’t forget Bible Gateway , a portal with 50 different online Bible translations, a few with audio. The Grace has Bible audio in Arabic, and the International Bible Society has Arabic audio downloads of the Bible in MP3 and Realplayer.


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