René R. Khawam

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René Rizqallah Khawam (1917 in Aleppo, Ottoman Empire – 22 March 2004 in Paris, France) was a French translator foremost known for his translations of the Qur'an, One Thousand and One Nights, The Perfumed Garden and Ahmad al-Tifashi's A Promenade of the Hearts.

Khawam was born to a Christian family of Caucasian origins.[1][2] He studied French at a Marist Brothers institution in Syria and, in 1947, he moved to France to work as a teacher of French.[2] Khawam dedicated the last forty years of his life to the study and translation of classical Arabic manuscripts. As a non-Muslim translator of the Qur'an, he was a proponent of closer dialogue between Abrahamic religions.[1]

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