* Weird stuff from Londonistan:Â The Guardian’s love affair with the Koran
“Can this holy text transcend time and culture?” asks this morning’sGuardian. The paper has finished “blogging the Qur’an“, as it spells it, and the answer to the question seems to be a resounding YES! (with a few politically correct reservations, but voiced ever so sensitively).
Guardian writers argue the Koran is often misunderstood
Since December, Left-wing Muslim maverick Ziauddin Sardar has been working through the verses of the Koran, discovering untold riches and, would you believe it, that the holy book’s injunctions to kill unbelievers have been much misunderstood.Â Here is his interpretationÂ of the infamous “Sword Verse”, whose reference to slayingÂ the enemy wherever you find him is, he exclusively reveals,Â oftenÂ taken out of context.
Oh, and it seems that the Koran is alsoÂ neutral on homosexuality. Phew! That’ll come as a relief toÂ GuardianÂ readers who have always had difficulty reconciling their admiration for the astonishing riches of Muslim tradition with the un-PC Islamic practice of executing homosexuals.
Zia Sardar has spent years trying to square the circle of his Islamic beliefs with his right-on radicalism. Blogging the Qu’ran – sorry, Qur’an (I think theGuardianÂ style book has changed) – has enormously helped him. And, luckily, he has also been able to draw on theÂ expertise of columnist Madeleine Bunting, whoseÂ exceedingly brief period as director of the think-tank Demos– one month! – provided us with such aÂ delicious comic spectacle a couple of years ago.
Madeleine, bless her, has undertaken toÂ break down a wall of misunderstandingÂ regarding the Quu’r’a’an (her own preferred spelling). You might have thought that this important task had been accomplished by ex-nun “Koran” Armstrong years ago, but no.
“At a recent conference, I was sitting between a cabinet minister and a senior economist when they fell into conversation about their summer reading – the Qur’an. Both had been horrified by what they had read,” writes Bunting. And why would that be? Over to you, Madeleine:
“They fall into a long tradition of western incomprehension at this holy book.”
More crock from the Grunard:
Death for apostasy?
AC Grayling and the Council of Ex-Muslims are distorting the picture and undermining efforts to bring change