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The Qur'an and modern Arabic!

Reader comment on item: Developments in Syria and Turkey
in response to reader comment: Dhimmi-no-more's repeated arguments with Islamists show that Islamic doctrine cannot be sustained

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Dec 26, 2019 at 13:04

Prashant you wrote:

>It is well known and stated often that even if a text is well preserved the language around it changes and meanings of words change.

Well, in the case of the Qur'an and modern Arabic this is not true. In actual fact Quranic words the likes of Adna has very stable meaning because it is in the Qur'an and the Qur'an is a living linguistic text and it means "Nearest" 1400 years ago and it still means in today's Arabic "Nearest." Notice that The Brits' Arabic BBC calls the Middle East al-Sharq al-Adna or the nearest east

However, the exception here applies to non Arabic loan words in the Qur'an (and there are many of them) Take the case of the word Tur. This is a loan word from Syriac/Aramaic and it is not an Arabic word and you will never hear an Arab (whose mother tongue is Arabic) use the word Tur in a sentence.

Also if you ask an Arab for the meaning of the Arabic word Sifr (the letter S is a seen) he/she will tell you that your spelling is not correct and that the letter seen is really a Sad and Sifr means Zero. Here is the real disaster the word Sifr with the letter seen in the Qur'an is a loan word from Syriac/Aramaic and it means chapter (of a book) and this is why Arabic speakers have no clue about the meaning of the word and therefore, do not use it

Oh BTW: Tur? It means mountain in Syriac/Aramaic. In Arabic the word mountain means Jabal.

Did you get it?


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