Istanbul: Prof. Dr Svetan Teofanov, a Classical Arabic Studies lecturer at the Sofia University, has converted to Islam after studying and translating the Holy Quran into the Bulgarian language, a media report said.
“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. My journey defying the Quran took too long but at the end of the road, and I have accepted Islam and I am now a Muslim”, Dr Svetan Teofanov is quoted by World Bulletin.
“In college, I read the Koran interpretation and meaning, but felt their sincerity, while I was completing the actual translation”, he added.
Prof. Dr Svetan Teofanov has until now several published books as well as publishing as a Quran interpretation. Prof. Teofanov has finished his specialisation doctorate at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and a second doctorate at the Moscow Oriental Studies Institute.
“Many years ago, on the request of the state-owned publishing house, I began to translate the Holy Koran. This was the socialist period. Rather it being service to the Muslims, this was more concerned with assimilation policies in regards to Turkey.