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Submitted by dood (Canada), Sep 26, 2006 at 04:21

okay you seriously made me laugh
this is so ridiculous... your explanations of arabic are equivalent to that of a five year old in grade one learning vowels and consonants, similar to me explaining the english alphabet to a native english speaker with a Phd.i am not wasting my time with this. and just for the record i dont blame you. arabic isn't your first language and no one expects you to be fluent with it, but kindly dont pretend to know it because your post was really funny. very similar to my first arabic lesson in lower infants kindergarten.

And yes, I have heard of transliteration,.Apparantly though, you are unaware of its short comings. you want to interpret a book like the quran or indeed the bible through transliteration? Do you realise that you are attempting to interpret what is possibly the most complicated text in the history of literature without knowing the language with which it is written? How about consulting a competent professor of literary science (regardless of his/her religion or race) who has studied the quran on the complexity of the rhetoric it contains and whether or not its complexity is rivalled by any other text we have records of? and on the validity of any conclusion your efforts will come to analysing it in a langauge other than its own. Why do you think people still learn latin when 99.9 percent of all surviving latin text has been translated into some language or another (generally english or greek)

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