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For most Muslims today there is an understanding that the Bible has been corrupted, and are encouraged not to read or handle the Bible in any way. What is the Qur’ans view of the Bible, and does the Qur’an provide any basis for this belief? Prof Gabriel Reynolds wrote the article some years ago “On the Qur'anic Accusation of Scriptural Falsification (tahrif),” looking at how the Qur’an uses the word “tahrif” (distortion) in relation to the Bible. Reynolds reminds us that the context of the Qur’ans use of tahrif (Q 2:75; 4:46; 5:13; 5:41) is always used against the Jews and local disputes, likely in Medina, although at times the Qur'an specifies that only certain wrongdoers among them are at fault. The Qur'an describes tahrif (distortion) of scripture with eight different verbs or verb phrases: QS 2:42: Do not cover up the truth with falsehood and conceal (cf. Q 2:140,…
The news of the Travel Ban imposed upon a number of Muslim majority countries to enter the USA has been headline news worldwide. Shortly after the Travel Ban was announced, one of the Associations that is a resource for this website made the following announcement: The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is an academic society whose mission explicitly is to build “a bridge between different global communities of Qur’anic scholarship” and “promotes cooperation across global boundaries.”…. Critical scholarship is the most effective weapon against extremist, fundamentalist narratives. This executive order directly threatens the work of IQSA to further dialogue between cultures and promoting peace and mutual understanding through scholarship. Some view isolating the West from Islam (so to isolate it from the extremist element) as the solution to peace. During the era of Muhammad, the Arabian City of Medina was made up of a large Jewish population who had emmigrated…
This E-mail brings you an additional list of resources from a diverse range of authors. The additional recommended books (4) and uploaded articles (8) include topics such as how Islamic Law evolved to what it is, and what we do know about Muhammad and what we don’t. The following is a summary of one of the recommended books, by Wael Hallaq, The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law. Written by the worlds leading authority on the History of Islamic Law, this study presents an important account of how Islamic Law evolved from its earliest days, that of ethical instruction for Arabs in garison towns outside of conquered cities, to what it is today. Some of the other article topics include: - A Piecemeal Qur'an: furqan and it’s meaning: Walid Saleh - Qur’anic Deities: Patricia Crone - The Qur’an and the Syriac Bible, Oxford studies: Gabriel Reynolds - Centralized authority in…
We look forward to a wonderful 2017 together, and are excited about the possibilities and resources planned for this site in the coming months Generally in countries like Indonesia, there are a lack of resources and exposure that can provide the Muslim population access to the “non-traditional” interpretation of their history, with these resources more commonly available in English or German. One great exception to this, which I have referred to in the past, is a book by Professor Mun’im Sirry, originally from the Island of Madura in Indonesia, who now lectures at Notre Dam University in the USA, whilst also regularly teaching in Islamic tertiary institutions in Indonesia. Currently I am assisting him with the translation from Indonesian into English of his book “The Controversy of Early Islam,” which will be available later in the year. Below is a snapshot of the issues it deals with relating to the…
Jakarta Demonstrations 4th December Whilst I was in Jakarta this past week, over 200,000 Muslims again gathered in demonstration at the central Jakarta monument. They were calling for the arrest of the Chinese descent Christian Governor of Jakarta, on charges of defamation of Islam. Some months ago, the Governor had commented to an audience on a particular portion of the Qur’an, which had earlier been used as a basis for protesting his legitimacy as the Governor of Jakarta by traditionalist Muslims. Rapidly the protests gathered momentum, calling for the imprisonment of the Governor. In response to the accusations, the following is based upon an insightful article written by one of our Muslim friends, Prof Mun’im Sirry, in a Jakarta online newspaper (www.geotimes.co.id/ahok-penistaan-agama-dan-defisit-percaya-diri-kaum-muslim/) I see this type action coming out of a sense of feeling threatened and insecure, because of an increasing deficit in identity. Has the Muslim community ever had…
Yesterdays sacrifice, Today’s Renewal. There are a number of Muslims in the 20th Century who were Pioneers in bringing a new way of thinking. It would not be an exaggeration that two of these, Abu Zayd and Fazlur Rahman, have left a legacy that has influenced tens of thousands of people throughout the Islamic world. For many people, in hearing their message, they may wonder what difference it is to that of some modern Muslim’s today. However their message was during an era and region when it was so foreign, causing them to eventually be forced to live in exile from their home countries, Fazlur Rahman leaving Pakistan to the USA, and Abu Zayd from Egypt relocating to the Netherlands. Before his departure, Abu Zayd was required by Islamic legal clerics to divorce his wife.The reason for their exiles partly goes back to the 9th Century, when Islamic scholars, after…
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