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Translating Religious Text between Arabic and English: Tools for Problem Solving for translators in the Digital Era
Akmal Khuzairy bin Abd Rhaman,

Department of Arabic and Literature,
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Science
International Islamic University Malaysia


Translators of religious text between the language pair of Arabic and English are often faced with problems related to lexical items, terms, idioms and context. The internet has been of a highly significant resource for the translators to look for assistance for the purpose of finding, clarifying and validating their translation choices of certain problems they encounter. This paper outlines the various problems encountered by translators of religious Islamic text between the language pair of Arabic and English and the solution found in the internet be it from the online dictionary, the encyclopedia, the advanced search tools in google search and other tools. The paper will also discuss about the advantages and shortcomings of these tools and the ways of optimizing its use. Samples are taken from the translation of the Holy Quran, the prophetic traditions and other major Islamic resources. The problems will be explained and relevant tools from the internet will be related to the problems in terms of its usefulness in assisting the translators.

Keywords: Translating – Religious Texts – Arabic – English – Tools – Problem Solving – Digital Era

Topic: International Conference on Islamic Studies in the Digital Era


Conference: The 3rd International Conference on Sustainability and Innovation (ICoSI 2019)

Plain Format | Corresponding Author (Twediana Budi Hapsari)

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