- Middle English, from Medieval Latin alcorānum, from Arabic al-qur'ān : al-, the + qur'ān, reading; see qrא in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mahomet did when he published his Alcoran, which is a piece of work”
“Incorrectly called the Alcoran, l'Alcoran, or il Alcorano, 351.”
“Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, requested to take the oath upon Jefferson’s personal copy of George Sale’s 1734 translation of the Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed is published in London in 1764.”
“[T] he Saracens, press'd with their Religions being destitute of attesting Miracles, ¦ reply, That though there were no other Miracle to manifest the Excellency of their Religion ¦, yet the Alcoran it Self were sufficient, as being a Lasting Miracle that transcends all other Miracles.”
“Turkish Language; the Story of which is so surprizing, and beyond all to which their Alcoran can pretend, that she was almost perswaded to be a Christian.”
“Al – Basrah; when a word is half naturalised, like Alcoran or”
“Dictionary to the Academy and his Alcoran to the Abbé Bignon.”
“Turk upholds his Alcoran, by the prohibition of printing.”
“Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without”
“In the Turks 'Alcoran, Mahomet is taken up to heaven, upon a Pegasus sent on purpose for him, as he lay in bed with his wife, and after some conference with God is set on ground again.”
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