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Monday, July 14, 2008

 
Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 33, "The Confederates," verses 21-73

Robert Spencer has the installment here. Topics include more details about his marriage to Zaynab, some rules on marriage, and some bad things to say about unbelievers.

Verse 50 states one of those marriage rules: Mohammed may marry women who offer themselves to him, but no other believers have that privilege. Another offers an example of the misogyny of Islam:

Muhammad may go to his wives in any order he chooses, and may postpone the turn of any of them if he wishes (v. 51). When this verse was revealed, Aisha said acidly to Muhammad: "I feel that your Lord hastens in fulfilling your wishes and desires."

That's not exactly the sentiment behind 1 Corinthians 7:3-5:

The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

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

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