Learning Linguistics and Ethics Using Quranic Verses in English
The English language translations of the Quran can definitely be envisioned from a different angle - as a text having literary value apart from its religious value. This paper discusses this aspect of the English translated versions of the Quran, how one can come to exploit its literary value and how one can possibly accommodate it into the academic curriculum, especially as a literary text in the Literature classroom.
||Literary and Linguistic Features, English Translations of the Quran, Literary Text, Imagery, Stylistics, Literature Classroom
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.85-108.
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Empire State College, State University of New York, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs,, New York, USA
Ms Ines Mohamed Moussa Al-Hasan is an American/Egyptian citizen and is a native English speaker. Ms Ines is a graduate (September, 2010) of Empire State College, State University of New York. Ms Ines also holds a TESOL/TEFL teaching certificate (September, 2010) from The International Teachers’ Training Organization. Ms Ines has shown diligence and perseverance in her effort towards the publication of this paper. Ms Ines hopes to continue her studies at the graduate level and pursue a career in Education.
Lecturer, English Department, British University in Egypt, Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
I am a U.S. citizen with a PhD in English Literature and Applied Linguistics-Stylistics, as well as a master’s degree and a postgraduate teaching diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language. I have taught both in the United States and abroad. My research is in the field of using English language translations of the Quran as material for the teaching of English language and literature to non-native English speakers. I have done extensive work in this area since 1992, and I have accumulated many case studies and classroom observations. Starting from the experience of substituting sections from the Quran for the standard classroom text, I have employed various pedagogical approaches to teaching the Quran as literature - questionnaires, stylistic analysis, comparative studies of different English language translations, linguistic analysis of verses, and so on. I have also organized a forum on this topic with experts in the field. In doing all of this, my intention was not to look at the religious value of the verses, but at the literary value that is so abundant in both the English language translations and the original. I would like to publish and share my research-based findings internationally.
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