Infidels 1 : Non-Infidels -1I've been a bit slow this week in my blogging and emailing and general online stuff. Admittedly it's a self-imposed task, but that's not the point.
I'm halfway through composing a letter to a local social welfare commentator (Les Twentyman from Open Family Foundation).
I've got a stack of links to sort through so that what I write is coherent and well-sourced.
Anyway, I've mentioned before someone asking me why I was 'obsessed' with muslim fundamentalist/islamists/extremists/your call, and have I read the qur'an? With, of course, the addendum that I really can't say I'm educating myself unless I read the texts themselves.
Well, I've got a copy of the qur'an. It's a Penguin translation by N J Dawood, but I also compare that with the Pickthal and Yusuf Ali that are online. I think that's a good start. More than one translation are generally recommended - I have the Jerusalem Bible and the King James, also. I just need to get one more for a hattrick (/joke). I do need one that's a bit more up to date language-wise.
This person who suggested I go to the source was loaned my copy of Trifkovic.
We talked about it tonight, and WOW! I guess she's had her eyes opened, too. Particularly with regards to ancient history like the Crusades, and the fact that they were a response to years of depredation carried out by muslim forces.
It's amazing what a bit of knowledge can do for you.
Amusingly, she's also now being accused of racism. Didn't see that one coming, did we now?
That's one less dhimmi in the world.