3 comments for “Alternative viewpoints

  1. dearieme
    May 16, 2019 at 13:42

    The Koran is full of contradictions. As I understand it, the notion is that later instructions from Allah countermand earlier ones. Since nobody knows the order in which the commands were given this isn’t much help to logical thinkers.

    Do Christians have rules for what to do about contradictions? Do Roman Catholics? Do Mormons? Do Jews?

    I suppose RCs can simply ask His Infallibility.

  2. Penseivat
    May 16, 2019 at 15:31

    Mohammed was said to be illiterate, so he would have had the words he claims were said to him, written by scribes (more than one as there is a shed load of sayings in that book). Presumably, he would have given those scribes a rough idea of what the writings should be. This would give the different scribes the opportunity of translating those ideas in different ways, putting their own spin into their work. After all, it’s not as if Mo could proof read them. It’s just a shame that none of the scribes considered themselves a jokesmith. How different the Koran, and the world could be today (“The problem with having sex with a goat is that you are expected to go round the front afterwards, and kiss it. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find a pretty goat in this area? I thank you!”)

    • dearieme
      May 17, 2019 at 21:31

      Yeah, but there’s also the yarn that a lot of the people who’d memorised bits of the Koran were killed at the battle of Somewhereorother and so the Caliph instructed scribes to write down what the survivors could remember. Whence, purportedly, the Koran. It’s all a bit of a muddle, isn’t it?

      Anyway, as far as I can see for many Moslems the Koran gets a sort of lip service: the stuff they like best are the hadith and the somethingorother, being tales about the Prophet written centuries after his death.

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