Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number.3 September, 2016                                         Pp. 203-214

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The Universal Nature of the Qur’an’s Phonetics  

Amina A. Amer
Independent Researcher in the Arabic Phonetics
Fairfax, Virginia, USA



This study compares the phonetic rules of the Muslim’s holy book, the Qur’an, to the phonetic rules of the English language in an effort to prove that  the Qur’an’s phonetic rules cannot be linked entirety to the holy Qur’an, nor the Arabic tongue; but rather they date back to the time the human tongue was created to function.  The Qur’an’s phonetic rules were discussed in detail under the subject known as “Tajwid” (pronounced “Tajweed”) but were not compared to the natural speech mechanism in other languages.    In doing so, this study demonstrates the common features in the phonetic environment of some Arabic and English  speech sounds when they co-exist in a connected speech pattern.  Based on the several examples this study illustrates, the author suggests that the differences between the Qur’an’s phonetic rules and our innate speech mechanism are only some melodic touches that help differentiate reciting the Qur’an from other sorts of Arabic literature.
Keywords: Arabic phonetics, phonetics of the qur’an, tajwid

Cite as: Amer,  A. A. (2016) The Universal Nature of the Qur’an’s Phonetics.
Arab World English Journal, 7 (3).


Amina Amer is an independent researcher with a special interest in the Arabic phonetics. Her
interest in the Qur’an’s phonetics stemmed from her desire to help some non-Arabic speaking
friends and family members understand the Qur’an’s phonetic rules, who advised her to conduct
her research in a scientific manner that can help any individual interested in the subject.