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Qur’an / First Armenian Translation Printed in Istanbul: ՔՈՒՐԱՆ ՀԱՆԴԵՐՁ ՄՈՒՀԱՄՄԷՏԵ ԿԵՆՍԱԳՐՈՒԹԵԱՍԲ


[The Quran Together with the Life of Muhammad]


An exceedingly rare second Armenian translation of the Quran and the first one, published in Istanbul, made by Levon Larents, who would four years later become a victim of the systematic destruction of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire


Small 8°. 845 pp., [11 pp.], contemporary calf spine with lettering, original patterned endpapers (sporadic staining, foxing and small folds in corners, but inside overall in a good condition, binding slightly scuffed on the corners, with tiny pieces of material missing).


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This is an exceedingly rare second translation of the Quran to Armenian, which followed Abraham Amirkhanyan’s first translation from Persian, first issued in 1909 in Varna. Amirkhanyan was an Armenian Evangelical Baptist pastor, who also translated Bible to Uzbek and Turkmen.

It is the first translation of the Quran to be published in Istanbul. The translator Levon Larents based his text on a French version of the Quran, made by Claude-Étienne Savary (1750 – 1788) and corrected by Albert Kazimirski de Biberstein (1808-1887).

Levon Larents (Kirisciyan) (Լևոն Լարենց (Քիրիշճյան), 1875–1915), was an Armenian editor, translator and writer, born in today’s Turkey. In 1905, he moved to the United States, where he edited an Armenian newspaper Tsayn Hayreneats (Voice of the Fatherland). Larents returned to Istanbul in 1908 continuing working as a translator and editor. The translation of the Quran to Armenian from that period is one of his greatest achievements. Levon Larents, who made this great step of approaching the Islam to the Armenian population, was sadly murdered in 1915 by the Ottoman authorities in Ankara.

The book is extremely rare and we could not find any institutional examples in the Western libraries. Columbia University holds a microfilm (OCLC 15120621). An example is held at the National Library of Armenia. We could not find any examples in Turkish libraries.

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