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We have now uploaded the 2 X 10min videos on Jihad and War in the Qur’an. Many thanks to John for doing the filming, and to my son for doing all the editing. (Learnt on the job during his school holidays!) This task was undertaken due to it being something that has caused a lot of debate, yet was not adequately covered in the other video series (Introduction to the Qur’an) previously uploaded. This meant taking on this daunting task myself, where I summarized some of the best study that is available (in my opinion) on this topic. For Non-Muslims, it has been clear that there is a need to understand the original intent and context of these war verses, and to move beyond simply quoting war verses from the Qur’an out of its 7th century context. For Muslims, there needs to be a framework in how to understand these…
We trust you had a restful New Years break. Through this blog, we now get back into our routine of developing resources that contribute towards a more accurate understanding of the origins of Islam. This week, we have made available on this website a Radio Interview in Sydney with myself discussing the Revisionist movement within Islam, that is, understanding the History of Islam not from traditions, but from it’s original context. Click Here to hear the Interview. Next week, we will upload 2 short videos on Jihad, War and the Qur’an.
Many of you have made use of the 4 X 10-15min video series that were made available 2 weeks ago. Hopefully, for non-Muslims, this has begun to remove some of the unknown regarding the Qur’an. To avoid lengthy delay, the remaining 12 videos are available on this website now. There are 2 topics that are sometimes enquired about that are not discussed at length in the video series, that being the verses in the Qur’an relating to War, as well as Jesus according to the Qur’an. I will endeavor to make short videos about these topics myself in the coming weeks. (Read More…) These short videos that I hope to produce will mostly utilize the writings of the network associated with Prof Gabriel Reynolds (IQSA), which attempts to create an understanding directly from the Qur’an itself and other sources from that era. This is in contrast to the traditional approach…
Currently a course is being held called “An Introduction to the Qur’an”, with over 8,000 people doing the course, both Muslims and non-Muslims. The course coordinator, Prof. Gabriel Said Reynolds from the Notre Dame University, has granted permission for this resource to be made available on our website, with the first videos now uploaded below. Prof Reynolds facilitates a network of the most qualified Qur’anic scholars (from an academic and non-traditional perspective) called International Qur’an Studies Association. (www.iqsaweb.wordpress.com) With you all being busy, I have reduced the content down to 15 separate short videos, generally 10-15min each, each file name indicating its number, topic and length, with the videos being uploaded over the next 4 weeks, beginning today. The outline is as follows: Understanding the Quran Structure of the Quran Themes of the Quran The God of the Quran Interpreting the Quran The Context of the Quran’s Origins The Revelation,…
 Introduction and Future Blog contributors With the terror caused in Paris by Muslim extremists, it is increasingly important that both Muslims and non-Muslims re-look at how the origins of Islam are understood. Although the motivation of extremists is a lot to do with politics, bitterness and hatred, they act based upon how they understand Islam. Although a very large percentage of Muslims would oppose violence and respect Human Rights, extremists exploit a traditional interpretation of the origins of Islam. Many Muslims and non-Muslims recognize this interpretation, even though it is dormant, with a view by many that core traditional teachings are not to be questioned. The coming weeks and months through the Equal Access blog will include: Contributions from one of the premier Muslim thinkers in Australia. Radio interviews with Equal Access International Blogs from our Asian partners Recommended Reading On the Equal Access site, we will introduce a number…
Reading the Qur’an in English is challenging for most non-Muslims. Sentences sometimes do not flow, with the topics constantly jumping within a Sura (Chapter). There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, many modern scholars understand the Arabic word “Qur’an” to mean “Recite”, with the origin of the word Qur’an from the neighbouring Syriac language, where the word was used for the memorising of liturgy. “We have revealed to you of this “recitation” (al-qurʾan)”(QS 12:3). Therefore the Qur’an’s origin was initially for oral use, which creates a different dynamic when being read. Secondly, the Qur’an was intended to be in Arabic. In fact, the reason for its sending down was so that Arabic speakers could understand. We have sent it down an Arabic revelation, perhaps you will comprehend. (QS 12:1) Thirdly, the Qur’an was revealed so it was easy to remember, arranging words in Rhyme. Therefore sometimes the order…
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