How is the word spelled - Koran or Qur'an?
Muslims get very upset if they see it spelled any way other than Qur'an. Why? The reason cited is that spelling it
Qur'an is closer to the true pronunciation of the word. If that's the case, then most don't understand language
The Arabic language uses the Arabic
alphabet. The English language uses the Roman alphabet. To TRANSLATE is to turn WORDS from one language into another. To TRANSLITERATE
is to turn LETTERS from one alphabet into the corresponding characters of another alphabet.
If the word Koran were written in Arabic letters, nobody
in the western world would be able to pronounce them, so it must be TRANSLITERATED. When you transliterate, you have to use
the CORRESPONDING sounds of one alphabet with the CORRESPONDING sounds of the other.
The Arabic sound which they want to transliterate as "Q"
stands for a sound that is close to "K" in English but is really a sound that does not exist at all in any
western language. The lone "Q" in English has no sound. It is used with a "U", but
the grapheme "QU" always sounds like "KW." QURAN is not pronounced as KWARAN. Besides, "QU"
in English has to have a vowel after it. There is no corresponding sound for "QUR" in the English language.
So to say the "Q" corresponds better to the Arabic sound is nonsensical.
Also, in English, there is never
an apostrophe in the middle of a word. Apostrophes are used to indicate contractions of words or possessives. So what purpose
does that silly apostrophe in the middle of Qur'an represent in English? Absolutely nothing. Isn't English the language
to which they're trying to transliterate?