Setback for Danish Koran Translator

May 2, 2008

Author: Rachid Sekkai

Source: BBC News

The Danish author who commissioned cartoons to illustrate his 2005 book on the Prophet Muhammad - sketches which sparked outrage across the Muslim world - is now struggling to find a publisher for his latest book.

Kaare Bluitgen has just finished two new versions of the Koran which he intends to publish side-by-side, in a single volume.

One text is a direct translation of the Arabic into Danish, including translations of the Hadiths - sayings reputed to come from the Prophet - as footnotes.

The second is a prose version of the Koran, translated in clear and simple language which Mr Bluitgen hopes will be accessible to ordinary Danes.