Blogging The Qur’an

In a similar vein to David Plotz’s Blogging the Bible, Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, will be blogging the Qur’an over at HotAir. I am hoping to keep up with his posts and maybe even try to read it along with him!

Check out Hot Air introduces: Blogging the Qur’an for their introductory remarks and Blogging the Qur’an for Spencer’s introduction and thoughts on what he wants to do with this project. An excerpt from his intro:

To understand the motives and goals of Islamic jihad terrorists, one good place to start might be to explore what they themselves say about why they’re doing what they’re doing, and what they want. That in turn will lead you to the Qur’an (or Koran), the Islamic holy book. The jihadists quote it frequently and portray themselves as those who are following “pure Islam,” the genuine article as it is taught in the Qur’an and Islamic tradition. So in the course of my work explaining the jihadists’ objectives, I’ve quoted the Qur’an a great deal – and hardly a day goes by without my being accused of “cherry-picking” violent passages, and quoting them “out of context.” Meanwhile, the Council on American Islamic Relations and other Muslim groups say that in order to understand the true, peaceful Islam, we should read the Qur’an.

I think this will be a pretty interesting venture. I am hoping to learn a bit more about the Qur’an as I have only read parts of it. It will also be interesting to see how Muslims react to this. Follow his posts to see how things unfold!

To help keep track of the posts Spencer has written, I have put up a Blogging the Qur’an page that will link to all the various discussions. Stop by there to see where things are at!

Categories: Blogging, Religion
  1. salmypal
    June 3rd, 2007 at 14:14 | #1

    I just read “The Opening” (sura 1) and Spencer’s thoughts on it. Very interesting. I think I may learn a lot. Looking forward to sura 2 (The Cow) and his thoughts on that as well.

  2. June 5th, 2007 at 17:59 | #2

    Gah! I am already behind! I need to get my butt in gear!

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