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Submitted by Chris heath (United Kingdom), Oct 25, 2013 at 16:27

I am recently a convert to the Koranist understanding of Islam. That is, as most Muslims will agree, the Koran has everything in it - as it is the perfect word of Allah.

So (in a sense a question), should we believe the literal words of the Koran. eg as being destructive to the non-believer (which is the political side of Islam).

If we take this stance. Where will reform come from? The Koran will not change, and it is difficult to see the Hadiths, and Sunnah changing any time soon.

The construction of the Koran is to be noted. It is not in chronological order, unlike most (holy) books.

It is arranged longest chapter first.

This confuses the reader, as 'tolerant' texts are interspersed with 'intolerant' ones. ( Dr Bill Warner).

In fact the 'intolerant - violent ' texts supercede the 'tolerant' ones.

So the overall question, (and I see your premise of 'from without -rather than from within', as Islam, is by decree, not changeable, is how CAN it reform?

I perceive that changes MAY occur, on a regular basis - but the fundamental basis, the Koran, ABSOLUTELY will not, and it will be read, time and time and time again, as an intolerant, violent doctrine.


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