“To Translate is To Betray”: Synonymous Word Translation Accuracy Analysis on the Qur'an and its Translation

Syihabuddin Syihabuddin, Budi Hermawan


This study examines the accuracy of the translation of synonymous words in the Qur’an and its translation to determine whether the translation is accurate or whether the translator commits a "betrayal" against the message of the source language. The examination of the accuracy is focused on the semantic equivalence between the source language and the target language, the effect of translation techniques on accuracy, and the accuracy of the translation of words that have been integrated into Indonesian. The accuracy identification results are presented in a table. Then, the book's meanings are analyzed comparatively according to the KBBI (Indonesian Official Dictionary published by the National Office for Languages). It was found that words translated using the transfer technique, integration words, and words with perfect synonyms have good accuracy. The translated words with a low level of accuracy are word families that are generalized as synonyms and then translated with the same word, words whose structure is changed when translated, synonymous words that contain gradations of meaning, and words that lose their context.


Contextual meaning; Qur’an translation; Synonyous words; Translation accuracy; Translation techniques

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