Sofia, Bulgaria (IINA) – A classical Arabic studies lecturer Prof. Dr Stefan Teofanov has converted recently to Islam after studying and translating the Holy Qur’an to the Bulgarian language, World Bulletin News reported.
Prof. Teofanov works in the department of classic Arabic literature at the Sofia University, in Bulgaria giving lectures in Qur’an and Qur’anic exegesis. He has until now several published books as well as publishing as a Qur’an interpretation. Prof. Teofanov has finished his specialization doctorate at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies as well as second doctorate at the Moscow Oriental Studies Institute.
As part of the specialization work, Dr Teofanov said, “Many years ago, on the request of the state-owned publishing house, I began to translate the Holy Qur’an.”
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, “Teofanov 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 I began to understand the Qur’an and with a deeper meaning from texts. In college, I read the Qur’an interpretation and meaning, but felt their sincerity, while I was completing the actual translation. My journey defying the Qur’an took too long but at the end of the road, 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 a lot of interest. It was chosen as the best book for the month of October. There is a growing interest in religion, and religious differences”.