How to Cite the Qur'an

Updated March 23, 2017
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Ancient texts such as the Bible and the Qur'an have specific guidelines for citation that differ from other written texts. The format for proper citation will depend on whether you are adhering to APA or MLA guidelines. APA guidelines do not require that an ancient text such as the Qur'an be listed in a paper's bibliography. MLA style, on the other hand, sets up specific guidelines for the proper citation of the Qur'an.

Citing the Qur'an in MLA Style

List the title in italics, followed by a period. For example:

The Koran.

List the name of the translator in the following format:

Trans. Bob Smith.

List the city of publication, followed by a colon. For example:

New York City:

List the name of the publisher, followed by a comma. For example:


List the year of publication, followed by a period. For example:


List the medium of publication, followed by a period. For example:


Make sure that the completed citation appears in the following format. Remember to italicize the title.

The Koran. Trans. Bob Smith. New York City: Doubleday, 2010. Print.

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