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Thursday, June 07, 2007

 
Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 1, "The Opening"

A little late, but here is the first in Robert Spencer's series on the Koran.

Update: Sura 1 is essentially a prayer, and one of the most common in Islam. Spencer focuses on the last two verses: "Show us the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast favoured; not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray." All religions claim that there are true paths and false ones, and all monotheistic religions claim that God isn't pleased when people take the wrong one. (Christianity in particular claims that everybody goes off track.)

All fine and dandy, unless you think that this prayer is appropriate for some ecumenical gathering. The prayer calls for Allah to show the way of Islam, the true path as alleged in the Koran.

Is it possible to draft an appropriate prayer for an ecumenical setting? Is there even a single principle that all religions share? I can't think of one.

Update: Click the "Koran" label to see all my posts on this series.

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