Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Look At the Hidden Origins of the Koran

In 1972, during the restoration of the Great Mosque of Sana’a in Yemen laborers stumbled across the remarkable resting place of tens of thousands of parchment fragments of an early Koran.

The standard histories of Muhammad and the early development of Islam are based on Islamic literature that dates to the ninth and tenth centuries--some two centuries or more after the death of Muhammad in 632.

What is the Koran? 

By Toby Lester

“Increasingly diverse interpretations of the Koran and Islamic history will inevitably be proposed in the coming decades, as traditional cultural distinctions between East, West, North, and South continue to dissolve, as the population of the Muslim world continues to grow, as early historical sources continue to be scrutinized, and as feminism meets the Koran. With the diversity of interpretations will surely come increased fractiousness, perhaps intensified by the fact that Islam now exists in such a great variety of social and intellectual settings. … More than ever before, anybody wishing to understand global affairs will need to understand Islamic civilization, in all its permutations.”
– Toby Lester