To Use “God” or “Allah”?

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Zakyi Ibrahim

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Recently there was a discussion on the American Academy of Religion listserve’s
“Islam” section on whether “Allah” is simply a noun or a proper name
of God and whether English-speaking Muslims should use “God” instead of
“Allah.” As the majority seemed to agree that “Allah” is Arabic for God, as
“Khoda” is in Urdu and Persian, there was no agreement on using “God”
instead of “Allah.” But what I did not see discussed was howtheQur’an presents
the term Allah; after all, it uses this term about 980 times.1 Admittedly
there was one attempt to bring in al-Ghazali’s theological stance, but it was
pursued no further than “Allah is God’s proper name.” ...

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