Performing a Basic Search

Qur’an Gateway has been designed to make it incredibly easy to search the qur’anic text, including the Arabic text as well as the English translations.

Let’s start by searching the English text of the Qur’an. Try typing the following into the search box on the home page:

ROOT:ktb

The "ROOT" command tells Qur’an Gateway that you want it to search for an Arabic root; and ktb is a well-known qur'anic root that bears a number of meanings, including write, dictate, and book.

TIP You can specify a qur’anic root by specifying its English transliteration, Buckwalter encoding, or simply by typing the Arabic. For example, the three searches below are all equivalent.

ROOT:رحم

ROOT:rḥm

ROOT:rHm

If this all sounds a bit baffling at first, remember you can use the pop up keyboard on the home page to easily enter letters, or browse Qur’an Gateway’s list of every root in the Qur’an and search for a root simply by clicking on it there. You might also find this table of Arabic letters, transliterations, and Buckwalter encodings helpful.

The search above for ROOT:ktb should have opened a browser window listing the 279 verses in which that root appears in the Qur’an. At the top of the browser window, you can see the search statistics:

The hits tells you how many words in the Qur’an match your search (and each one is highlighted in yellow); whilst the verses count tells you how many verses contain this root.

Once you have some search results displayed like this, you can analyse your results in a number of ways by clicking the button. Click it, and a dialogue box like this one will appear:

Click Count or Chart Search Hits and Qur’an Gateway will count the number of times the search term appears in each sura of the Qur’an (and also the occurrences per 100 words). You can also, if you wish, then choose to see these same results plotted as a chart:

chart_search_hits

(Click on the blue 'ROOT:ktb' text at the top of the chart to be returned to your verse list).

TIP In most charts in Qur’an Gateway, you can "drill down" by clicking on a column or pie slice. For example, in the chart above, if one were to click on the column representing search hits in sura 2, Qur’an Gateway would open the verse browser and show you sura 2 with your search term highlighted. Press your web browser’s back button to return to the chart.

You can also analyse the words in the verses your search has produced. After clicking choose Analyse Words in These Verses and Qur’an Gateway will count every word (not just your search term) that appears in these verses. Again, you have the option to view your results in chart form, if that is more helpful to you.

TIP You will often find table views like this throughout Qur’an Gateway. Most items in a table are clickable: in this case, click on any root word in the list to perform a new search for that word. (You can also click on to view the dictionary entry for that word, or the button to chart its frequency across the whole Qur’an.

Searching the English Translations

In the example search above, we searched the Qur’an for an Arabic root. But it’s also possible to search one or all of the English translations built into Qur’an Gateway. For example, try the following search:

ENGLISH:throne

And Qur’an Gateway will show you the 85 hits in 40 verses where this word appears. Notice how Qur’an Gateway displays all four English translations in the browser window, simply because it has searched all  of them. So what if would like to search just one specific translation? Well, that's easy. Try one of the following commands:

ARBERRY:throne

YUSUFALI:throne

PICKTHALL:throne

SHAKIR:throne

And Qur’an Gateway will search just the translation you have specified.

TIP To search for an English phrase in the translations (i.e. more than one word), surround your search term with quote marks. For example, try this search:

ENGLISH:"the world"


Searching for More Than One Thing

So far, we have searched for just a single thing — an Arabic root, or an English word. But Qur’an Gateway offers you far more power than that, by searching for multiple items. For example, suppose we want to find everywhere the Arabic roots ktb and ryb appear in the same verse. We can combine two search terms by using the AND command:

ROOT:ktb AND ROOT:ryb

You can even mix and match Arabic and English, like this:

ROOT:ktb AND ENGLISH:book

This is just the beginning of what Qur’an Gateway’s search tools can do — when you’re ready to dig deeper, read the Advanced Searching Guide that describes every search command and function built into the software.

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