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The Hermetically Sealed suras

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Submitted by Lawrence E. Alba (United States), Feb 12, 2011 at 22:44

The Quran is essentially hermetically sealed against contemporary exegesis by virtue of its divine corporealization. As long as faithful Muslims regard the text of the suras as the impregnable embodiment of Allah's nerve ganglia on earth, there will never be an Islamic reformation. That being said, without reformation, there may be moderate individual Muslims, but no moderate Islam.
This is an unavoidable madness among religious fundamentalists wherever a religion has sacred texts that are elevated from canon to divine incarnations.

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