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Quran cannot stand by itself

Reader comment on item: Uncovering Early Islam
in response to reader comment: I reviewed "Did Muhammed Exist?" by Robert Spencer on Amazon

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Sep 4, 2021 at 14:36

Dear Dr Pipes: I will begin by quoting reader Dave: "My favorite part was his analysis of the Koran, which is very disordered and incomprehensible in Arabic, but when examined as a clumsy copy of ancient Syriac Christian and Jewish liturgy, it makes much more sense. For example, the Arabic scripture on which Ramadan is based is actually a mutation of the liturgy for Christmas Eve. Crazy, funny, but the scholars cited make a compelling case."

I have made several attempts to read Quran and I agree with what Dave (and Spencer, indirectly
) said above. Quran lacks coherent and understandable sequences of thought. To me it looks like a random narration by an ill-prepared warlord in front of his naive followers. His thoughts -sometimes very selfish and opportunistic- are presented as words of God and he makes vague references to the Biblical knowledge and events. Unless the reader has prior knowledge of Judeo-Christian mythology and scriptures, Quran will not stand on its own as a complete text.

I think Quran thrives among Muslims because they hardly ever try to read or understand it. I would invite all 2B Muslims of the world to read translations of Quran in their native languages and reach their objective conclusions.


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