Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM | Permalink
I am not taken with the Qur’an’ style, Agha. Its Arabic is not the wonder (nay, miracle) of literary form that Tortoise and others have claimed. In point of fact, its verbatim record of a rather obscure dialect of Old Arabic means that what modern adulators think is the quintessence of literary Arabic is a little like premising the whole of English literature on Scouse – and then wondering why this does not seem to quite fit.
I don’t think, as AoS has it, that it is is the blueprint of imperialistic supremacism – it is no more fixated on slaughtering others in the name of the divine than many other religious texts. I do find the book very derived – again nothing new there when it comes to religious texts: however, its grasp, for example, of Christian themes would be laughable were it not for the interesting data it provides us about the spread of anti-Nomian and pre-Nicean and Gnostic views into Arabia in the centuries before the birth of Muhammad.
The conclusion I have sadly reached is that it is rather like some sort of early medieval Book of Mormon, with as ridiculous a set of postulates and as unlikely a back-story. I don’t have much time for Mormonism; but then I do not treat its adherents with a lack of respect either. I feel much the same way about Islam and its adherents, frankly.
I am sorry if you want to ridicule my style of writing. A shame that you feel unable to contest the mistakes in Hamza’s snake-oil quack theology.
Posted July 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM | Permalink
Is the Quran a miracle?
Who fucking cares?