Friday, February 08, 2008

Off-Topic: Higher Criticism...of the Koran

Our friend The Traveling Priest has discovered a news story of potentially staggering importance:
An article about the rediscovery of an archive of documents purporting to provide evidence of the development of the text of the Koran over time.

Why is this important?

For over a century the Bible has been subjected to many different kinds of analysis as to sources, historical settings, literary forms, and language....

The prevailing understanding of the Koran among Muslims is that it is a direct dictation to Mohammed and word for word a replica of the perfect word of God. If it can be shown that the text of the Koran has undergone revisions, compilations, or other kinds of adjustments over time it would be a crucial readjustment of what is probably the central tenet of Islam, that Mohammed was a direct revelator of God's word. The implications could be staggering.

Keep your eyes open for this story.
Fr. Chagnon is right that the Koran is considered to be a direct revelation from the Archangel Gabriel to Mohammed, which cannot be altered in any syllable. He overlooks one likely result of this story: the violent murder of any reporter, scholar, or researcher who pursues it.

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Blogger Eric Jobe said...

you ain't kiddin'....I'm brushing up against this area of study in my own research. People tend to publish anonymously in this sort of field. God help them.

7:44 PM  
Blogger David said...

I read about this research a couple of weeks ago, and was very intrigued. I'm eager, and a little afraid, to see what comes of all this.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Abu Daoud said...

For those of you who would like to listen to some very insightful and helpful lectures on Islam, please check out the audio links at

I have heard about this development--there was a huge cover story in the WSJ. Very exciting material. Looking forward to seeing where it goes.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

I already know about Islam: it was started by a guy who combined his own paganism with Nestorian "christianity" raided caravans, killed people, married an child named Aisha, claimed revelations that no one ever witnessed, made it possible for his followers to never have to keep treaties or their word, who also never made successors because he (unlike real prophets) never saw his death coming; and who's practitioners has been trying to conquer the world since because violence is the core of muslim belief.

The whole Middle East was predominant Christian which was Islamicized by force, and the deeds of islam is well recorded. If muslims are "peaceful" then what were they doing in Vienna, Lepanto and Spain? Site seeing? The only good muslim is an unarmed muslim.

6:25 PM  

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