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Definition of Koran

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sacred book of the Muslims which serves as the foundation for the Islamic religion, Islamic sacred writings revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad
Koran Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The Scriptures of the Mohammedans, containing the professed revelations to Mohammed; -- called also Alcoran.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\ko"ran\ (?; 277), n. [ar. gorān. see alcoran.] the scriptures of the mohammedans, containing the professed revelations to mohammed; -- called also alcoran. [written also kuran or quran.]
n : sacred writings of islam revealed by god to the prophet mohammed during his life at mecca and medina; divided into 114 chapters [syn: koran, quran]

The Devil's Dictionary
Koran, (n.)

A book which the Mohammedans foolishly believe to have been written by divine inspiration, but which Christians know to be a wicked imposture, contradictory to the Holy Scriptures.
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
WordNet 2.0

1. the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
(synonym) Quran, al-Qur'an, Book
(hypernym) sacred text, sacred writing, religious writing, religious text
(part-meronym) sura
Koran Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
The Quran ( ; , literally meaning "the recitation"; also romanized Qur'an or Koran) is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God (, Allah). It is widely regarded by Muslims as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language . Quranic chapters are called suras and verses, ayahs.

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Koran Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Koran al-Qur'an (Arabic) [from qara to read] Book, reading; the holy scripture of Islam, regarded by Moslems as the word of God (Allah) as delivered to his prophet Mohammed. The Koran explains that in heaven there is the mother of the book, well concealed. Piece by piece it was sent down to the prophet by means of an angel, spirit, or the angel Gabriel. Mohammed issued these revelations serially, each one being called a reading (qur'an) or a writing (kitab), and each particular one was also called a sura (a series) -- a word now used for each section or chapter, of which there are 114.
Mohammed dictated these suras to his immediate followers, who memorized them. But when some of these original reciters had lost their lives in the conflicts which occurred after the death of Mohammed, Omar suggested to Caliph 'Abu-Bekr (the successor of Mohammed) that they be reduced to writing. The commission to collect as many as possible of the narrations or parts of the revelations was given to Zaid, a native of Medina who had often acted as an amanuensis to Mohammed. This collection became the first Koran, which Azid wrote down in Arabic. Some years later a second redaction was made and all previous parts or manuscripts were burned: Zaid dictated the work to four scribes, and these four copies have come down to our own day.
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Official Islam Glossary for Introduction to Religion
According to Moslem belief, Allah composed the Koran (=Quran) and had his angel Gabriel transmit it to sura by sura. These transmissions--called recitations--began in 610 and continued until Mohammed's death in 632. Gabriel would teach each recitation to Mohammed, who would memorize it and then teach it to his followers, who would also memorize it. The third Caliph Uthman had the Koran written down, with the help of Islam's best memorizers, thereby establishing a fixed text. The Koran is Islam's sole sacred text; to be sure, the hadith , the sunna , and other writings are important, but they are the work of humans whereas the Koran comes from Allah himself. Since the Koran is the direct words of Allah, it provides God's final and definitive revelation.