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[kuh-rahn, -ran, kaw-, koh-] /kəˈrɑn, -ˈræn, kɔ-, koʊ-/
the sacred text of Islam, divided into 114 chapters, or suras: revered as the word of God, dictated to Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel, and accepted as the foundation of Islamic law, religion, culture, and politics.
Also, Qurʾan.
Origin of Koran
1615-25; < Arabic qur'ān book, reading, akin to qara'a to read, recite
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[kuh-ran-ik, kaw-, koh-] /kəˈræn ɪk, kɔ-, koʊ-/ (Show IPA),
pre-Koranic, adjective Unabridged
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the sacred book of Islam, believed by Muslims to be the infallible word of God dictated to Mohammed through the medium of the angel Gabriel Also Qur'an
Derived Forms
Koranic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic qur'ān reading, book; related to qara'a to read, recite
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Word Origin and History for Koran

1610s, from Arabic qur'an "a reading, recitation, book," from root of quara-a "he read, recited." Related: Koranic.

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Koran in Culture
Koran [(kuh-ran, kuh-rahn)]

The sacred book of Islam. Muslims believe that the teachings of the Koran were revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad.

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