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Apr 28, 2006

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Rachel

Wow. Thank you for this terrific post. At some point I will read it far more closely and will try to offer more cogent commentary, but for now I just wanted to say thank you! This is fascinating and I'm really glad you posted it.

(What you say about translation and its challenges is, unsurprisingly, familiar to me as someone who loves the Hebrew Scriptures -- and often gets frustrated by how they are mistranslated or taken out of context... :-)

Chris T.

Great post—thank you for sharing this. I've added The Conference of the Books and Fr. Kaltner's book to my wish list. Also went ahead and just bought the Ahmed Ali translation and "Approaching the Qur'an" since you recommend it so highly. :-)

I'm particularly sympathetic to your admonition about a reformation in Islam. I follow the Muslim world as closely as a "dilettante" can through just mass media and the Muslim blogosphere (not having read anything serious or scholarly), and the picture I have is that it's just as complex and multi-faceted as the Christian world. One wonders how the grand narrative of Islam as a medieval, ethnic religion has gotten fixed so quickly in the minds of non-Muslim Americans.

Steven Riddle

Dear Blogkeeper,

I've just discovered this place thanks to several posts in the world of Catholic blogs and I have one thing to say:

You don't post nearly enough. I'll be enjoying your archives as I await the next post; thank you for what you've done so far, but please hurry up!

salaam,

Steven

jamal

a good read here. the quran is made easy to understand, as it states. however, this may only be possible if read in context of the text.

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