REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Ministry of Religious Affairs launched a Quran with nine translation of local languages and a Dictionary of Religious Terms. The launch was conducted by Minister of Religious Affairs, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin.
"Hopefully with the launch of a translation of the Quran, the communities who are still using local languages, can understand the contents of the Quran," said Lukman, Wednesday (3/12).
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The Quran has been translated into nine local languages. The first phase covered the launch of translated Quran in three languages, namely Minang, Javanese with Banyumasan dialect, and Dayak language.
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Translated Quran in local languages, Lukman added, was more specifically intended for people who did not use Indonesian language as an everyday language.
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In addition to facilitate the people who still used the local language, local language translation of the Quran was also an effort to preserve endangered languages.
"This is also a form of intellectual level that could touch all levels of society in Indonesia," he explained.
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The Ministry also launched a Dictionary of Religious Terms. This dictionary consisted of religious terms that included six official religions, namely Islam, Catholic, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian.
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Dictionary of Religious term was launched to minimize misunderstandings meaning in religious terms. There are approximately 9,000 words in this dictionary.