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Antaine ( -
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2003 - 07:33 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

While surfing I came across this article at the following address:

Koran to Be Translated Into Irish
Wed Mar 12, 7:52 AM ET

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Islam's holy book, the Koran, is to be translated into Irish in an ambitious project aimed at bringing Ireland's Gaelic-speaking and Muslim communities closer together, organizers said on Tuesday.


Lesley Carter of the Dublin-based Islamic Cultural Center, which will oversee the project, said the translation would benefit Irish-speakers from both cultures.

"There are a number of Muslims among the Irish-speaking community -- people who were born or reared here and learned Irish in school. And also for those (non-Muslims) who have an interest in Islam then the Koran will be available in the language they prefer," she said.

The Islamic community is currently the fastest-growing religious minority in Ireland, with around 18,000 Muslims living in the country -- most of them in the capital Dublin.

While the learning of Gaelic is compulsory in Irish schools, official figures estimate only around 70,000 people speak the language on a daily basis out of a population of nearly four million.

Carter acknowledged the plan could be problematic.

"It's an absolutely huge job. The difficult part will be getting translators, because we need people who have good Arabic and good Irish. We're doing it direct from Arabic to Irish -- rather than from English -- so we don't lose too much in translation," she said.

"It could take a few years, but no matter how long it takes, we'll get it done."

Mirza Sayeigh, chairman of the Dubai-based Al-Maktoum Foundation which set up the Islamic Cultural Center and a mosque in Dublin in 1996, would travel to Ireland to head a research committee on the project shortly, Carter added.

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Phil ( -
Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2003 - 07:55 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Anyone ever spoken to a German person or a Dutch person? That have rapid English, and they don't even speak English all day in school.


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Phil ( -
Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2003 - 07:57 am:   Edit Post Print Post

(This message was supposed to have been post before my previous one)

Great bringing peoples together and all, but who really gives a shit about the Muslims.

They should be using their time and resources to reinstate Gaeilge as the most spoken language in Ireland. I know a fella that goes to an Irish School. They have to speak Gaeilge all day in school. He's perfectly fluent. And he speaks English at home. They should switch it around. English in school, and Irish in society. Although I do loath the English language, it's a useful tool for going to other countries and all.


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