Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sacred text of Islam, considered by Muslims to contain the revelations of God to Muhammad. Also called Alcoran.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of Qur'an.
  • proper n. Alternative spelling of the Qur'an.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Scriptures of the Muslims, containing the professed revelations to Mohammed; -- called also Alcoran.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The book which contains the religious and moral code of the Mohammedans, and by which all their transactions, civil, legal, military, etc., are regulated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina

Etymologies

Arabic (al-)qur'ān, (the) reading, recitation, Koran, from qara'a, to read, recite; see qrא in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • MICHAEL SELLS, AUTHOR, "APPROACHING THE KORAN": Well, the book is showing how the Koran works in Islamic culture, which is something that most Americans have never really had a chance to learn.

    CNN Transcript Aug 25, 2002

  • Muslim fundamentalists believe that the Koran is the literal word of Allah.

    Muslims against Sharia

  • Many boys and girls are sent to neighborhood mosques for what they call Koran camp.

    CNN Transcript Aug 15, 2009

  • I never quite make up my mind about Allah, though I'm fascinated by the fact that the Koran is the only book I've ever read in which every single phrase is spoken by God himself.

    An Interview with Harold Bloom

  • I mean, come on: saying that taking the oath of office on the Koran is an "act that undermines American civilization" and that the Christian bible is "America's holiest book" is more like the ravings you hear from the people who call in to C-SPAN and claim that Hillary Clinton murdered Vince Foster or that the Queen of England is a drug-smuggler.

    December 2006

  • The movement's proponents held that the Koran is a historical document rather than a God-given one and "developed a complex theology based partly on a metaphorical rather than simply literal understanding of the Koran."

    Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Islam

  • Satan in the Koran is the adversary, the deceiver, above all the inciter and tempter who seeks to entice mankind away from the true faith.

    Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Islam

  • Despite the unusual structure, however, what generally surprises newcomers to the Koran is the degree to which it draws on the same beliefs and stories that appear in the Bible.

    What Is the Koran?

  • If the Koran is a historical document, then the whole Islamic struggle of fourteen centuries is effectively meaningless.

    What Is the Koran?

  • In January 2009, Geert Wilders was charged with inciting hated and discrimination for editorials in which he called the Koran fascist and said it should be banned, as well as his controversial film Fitna.

    Israpundit

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