BulgWorld Bulletin / News Desk
A Classical Arabic Studies lecturer has converted to Islam after studying and translating the Holy Quran to the Bulgarian language.
Prof. Dr Svetan Teofanov, works in the Department of Classic Arabic Literature at the Sofia University, giving lectures in Koran and Quranic exegesis. He has until now several published books as well as publishing as a Quran interpretation. Prof. Teofanov has finished his specialisation doctorate at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies as well as second doctorate at the Moscow Oriental Studies Institute.
As part of the specialisation work, Dr Teofanov said, "Many yeears ago, on the request of the state-owned publishing house, I began to translate the Holy Koran. This was the socialist period. Rather it being service to the Muslims, this was more concerned with assimilation policies in regards to Turkey. Shortly after the work began there was the democratic transition in 1989, the state publishing house went bankrupt, the Bulgarian translation of the Holy Quran was not published in that year. However, I continued to work on the translation of the Holy Koran and this is where my life changed. I began to better understand our exalted book and wanted it from my heart. "
Converting to Islam opens doors
Dr Teofanov who has continued to teach focusing on the Arabic language at the university has said that it has led to many doors opening for him. Regarding this, he said, "Trofanov on advancing the interest of the Arabic language in academic life once it has opened many other doors. In point-related Teofanov told the following: "When I started working I was looking through the eyes as if it was an ordinary book. Over time time I began to understand the Qur'an and with a deeper meaning from texts. In college I read the Koran interpretation and meaning, but felt their sincerity, while I was completing the actual translation. My journey defying the Quran took too long but at the end of the road and I have accepted Islam and I am now a Muslim. "
Researching, translating and publishing continuously, Teofanov also said that "At first I translated the pagan Arab poetry. I studied medieval Arabic literature. We also have a new book published, called "The Phenomenology of the Prophet". This book is based on the old bible. I examined the effect of important religious figures in the Middle East and I have discussed the phenomenon. This was a serious academic study. The book has generated alot of interest. It was chosen as the best book for the month of October. There is a growing interest in religion, and religious differences".