Elimam (Ahmed S.) & Fletcher (Alysia S.), The Qur’an, Translation and the Media: A Narrative Account, London, Routledge, ("Routledge Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies"), 2021, 210 p. ISBN 9781003155232
Ahmed S. Elimam lectures in Translation Studies at the University of Leicester. His recent publications include: Translating Word Order Variations in the Qur’an: A Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment (2020), Muslim Scholars as Self-Translators (2019) and Media, Translation and the Construction of the Muslim Image: A Narrative Perspective (2019).
Alysia S. Fletcher is a professional translator and interpreter and holds an MA degree in translation. She studied Italian and Spanish Translation and Interpreting Studies at Universities in the UK and Spain. She also worked as a translator in Milan, and is the founder and owner of ASF Translations.
This book aims to identify how the Qur’an is narrated in and by the press media through the use of translation, featuring examples from a corpus of newspaper articles from the UK and Europe across two decades.
Drawing on work at the intersection of narrative theory and translation studies, the volume highlights the ways in which press media play an integral role in the construction, promotion, and circulation of narratives about events and communities, shedding light specifically on translations of Qur’anic verses across British, Italian, and Spanish newspapers between 2001 and 2019. Elimam and Fletcher examine how such translations have been used to create and disseminate narratives about the Qur’an and in turn, Islam and Muslims, unpacking the kinds of narratives evoked – personal, public, conceptual, and meta-narratives – and narrative strategies employed – selective appropriation, temporality, causal emplotment, and relationality – toward framing readers’ understanding of the Qur’an.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter 1: Translating the Qur’an in the Press Media
Chapter 2: Narrative Theory and Methodology
Chapter 3: British Press Media Coverage of Islam
Chapter 4: Italian Press Media Coverage of Islam
Chapter 5: Spanish Press Media Coverage of Islam
Chapter 6: Discussion: Popular Narratives and Narrative Tools
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Appendix I: list of English translation of verses per newspaper
Appendix II: list of Italian translation of verses per newspaper
Appendix III: list of Spanish translation of verses per newspaper