The Quran of leftists' dreams
The Study Quran is a raging piece of taqiyya. So as one might predict, CNN thinks it’s great and may even help to curb extremism while easing idiot infidels into a false sense of everything-is-wonderful about Islam.
Meanwhile, Christians or Jews may pick up a Quran and find their worst fears confirmed.
"I never advise a non-Muslim who wants to find out more about Islam to blindly grab the nearest copy of an English-language Quran they can find," Mehdi Hasan, a journalist for Al Jazeera, said during the panel discussion at Georgetown.
Ten years in the making, "The Study Quran" is more than a rebuttal to terrorists, said Seyyed Hossein Nasr, an Iranian-born intellectual and the book's editor-in-chief. His aim was to produce an accurate, unbiased translation understandable to English-speaking Muslims, scholars and general readers.
The editors paid particular attention to passages that seem to condone bloodshed, explaining in extensive commentaries the context in which certain verses were revealed and written.
Uh-huh. Now for the non-taqiyya version. Robert Spencer writes in PJ Media:
… The Study Quran does not deny the ugly reality of violence and hatred in the Muslim holy book; instead it buries it under mountains of irrelevant commentary….
This deflection begins right at the beginning, with The Study Quran’s treatment of the Fatihah. The Fatihah is the first chapter of the Quran, and is also the most commonly recited prayer in Islam. The translators opted for pseudo-King James Bible archaisms, rendering the last two verses of the Fatihah as follows:
Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast blessed, not of those who incur wrath or those who are astray.
Sounds reasonable. But virtually all mainstream and authoritative commentators on the Quran identify “those who incur wrath” as the Jews.
Similarly, “those who are astray” are overwhelmingly accepted to be the Christians.
The Study Quran doesn’t deny this; in fact, it acknowledges it … but only after seven windy paragraphs about what it means to be blessed and other related matters. Anyone who is still reading after all that chloroform in print, to borrow Mark Twain’s phrase, will come to this:
Based upon a saying attributed to the Prophet, though not considered to be of the highest degree of authenticity, one interpretation given by a number of commentators is that those who incur wrath and those who are astray refer to Jews and Christians…. (snip)
This pattern continues on throughout The Study Quran…. (snip)
…The CNN article quoted notorious imam Suhaib Webb imagining a young Muslim being attracted to ISIS or al-Qaeda, but then “opening The Study Quran, and reading scholars’ commentaries on those perplexing verses, and finding that most of them, perhaps all of them, disagree with the terrorists.”
Yes, imagine that: a young man reads The Study Quran, and finds that his dreams of Islamic world conquest are less plausible than its claim that violence is only justified when “the future existence of the religion was far from certain and when expansion meant survival.” Unfortunately, ISIS and other jihad groups today contend that the U.S. and the West do threaten the survival of Islam. So Dagli’s contention that Muslims were ordered to fight when “the future existence of the religion [is] far from certain” does not have the deterrent effect Webb hopes it will; logically, it could actually encourage the opposite.
Further, Dagli’s claim that “expansion meant survival” in the early period of Islam is absurd considering what actually transpired during that early period. Dagli wants readers to believe the early Muslim Arabs -- within a century of the traditional date of Muhammad’s death -- conquered the Middle East, North Africa, and Persia, and invaded India and Spain … as a matter of self-defense.
These jihad wars were as defensive as Hitler’s invasion of Poland.
That sound you hear is leftists the world over banging away on their keyboards, rewriting history, mangling facts, whitewashing truth, and creating a new world order.