Devoted to the viewpoint of Islam of Muhammad SAW and Amir ul-Mumineen, Ali ibn Abi Talib SA, in the Shi'a Fatimi Ismaili Dawoodi Bohra tradition.
March 22, 2003
I say Qatar, you say Kutter.
I am not normally a pronunciation Nazi. But this Explainer from Slate
gets one thing wrong (by omission). The pronunciation of Qatar is not "cutter" but rather "Qutter" - the Q here represents the hard qaf
sound of Arabic rather than the soft ke
. Think of qaf
as the same thicker, glottal sound you see in the word "baroque". Plus, the first vowel is not just "uh" but more like "aw". And even the "t" is really softer, halfway between "t" and "th".
UPDATE: my mistake, and kudos to Slate. They did get it right
, way back in December. They even have an audio link
posted by Shi'a Pundit
About Shi'a Pundit
Shi'a Pundit was launched in 2002 during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. The blog focuses on issues pertaining
to Shi'a Islam in the west and in the Islamic world. The author is a member of the Dawoodi
Bohra Muslim community. Bohras adhere to the
Shi'a Fatimi tradition of Islam,
headed by the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna
Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS).