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English

Borrowed from Arabic الْقُرْآن (al-qurʾān), definite form of قُرْآن (qurʾān, act of reciting), verbal noun of قَرَأَ (qaraʾa, to recite; to read (aloud)). (The obsolete alternative spellings with "al-", like the Alcoran, redundantly retained the Arabic definite article.) Compare Classical Syriac ܩܪܝܢܐ (qeryānā, reading; scripture).