Christian and Muslim collaborate on translation of Quran

Christian and Muslim collaborate on translation of Quran

NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – A Christian doctor and a Muslim businessman have partnered together to produce a new English translation of the Quran with a unique feature.

It includes a modern reading of the ancient text, but alongside it parallel passages from Christian Scriptures.

While most Christians will likely reject the innovation, the publishers claim The Quran with References to the Bible will help create a new level of understanding between the faiths and reduce tensions between Muslims and Christians in America.

Dr. Safi Kaskas, a Muslim businessman, and Dr. David Hungerford, a Christian orthopedic surgeon, met while serving as board members for Bridges to Common Ground, a Christian-Muslim interfaith group. Hungerford told The Church Boys podcast that Kaskas had been mulling over the idea for some time.

“When we met, Dr. Kaskas had this as a dream and (it was) something he had been working on in his mind,” Hungerford told Deseret News. “We were both kind of prepared for this project (and the) collaboration just became so obvious to us and we’ve been working on it together ever since.”

Kaskas said he was partly motivated to share the Quran with the American people because of the welcome he received when he first came to the U.S.

“When I first came to the United States, if it wasn’t for my American neighbors opening their hearts and their homes for me, I wouldn’t have made it,” Kaskas said. “I feel a debt to this country.”



One thought on “Christian and Muslim collaborate on translation of Quran

  1. Not all Christians object to endeavors such as this. In our Christian / Muslim book study group, we read “Islam’s Jesus” by Zeki Saritoprak. We discovered many commonalities, as well as differences between us – and had a wonderful discussion in the process.

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