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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

 
Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 9, "Repentance," Verses 50-80, Verses 81-129

Another double-header - Robert Spencer has the installments here and here, respectively.

Both sets of verses concern the Hypocrites - certain individuals who claimed to be Muslims but disobeyed Mohammed in certain situations. One such occasion involved his planned incursion against the Byzantine city of Tabuk. Some of his followers refused to join because of the heat; the Koran informs its readers that Hell is a lot hotter than the Arabian desert (v. 81). For whatever reasons, the Bedouins backed out, too - the Koran devotes sixteen verses (vv. 90-105) to this affront.

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

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