Apostasy – it’s not just for Christians anymore
Reader salahudin has replied to my Harmonization by Omission article with some fascinating perspectives on apostasy. Apparently, there is a small but growing movement among Muslims who seriously question their own faith. As an apostate Muslim from Pakistan, salahudin shares the perspectives of a skeptical freethinker that is a real eye-opener for me. Salahudin is a member and contributor of the blogsite towelianism, which is much like our own agnosticatheism site, but geared toward Islam. Check them out here:
Note how similar the objections to Islam are to the objections to Christianity. Also note how dissimilar it is.
On a similar, but unrelated note, I assume that most of us have heard of David Plotz’s series on Slate.com called ‘Blogging the Bible‘. Next week, Robert Spencer of jihadwatch.org will start his own series called ‘Blogging the Qur’an‘. Spencer invites us to read along with him, and I will be doing this. As an apostate Christian, I still enjoy reading the Bible, and would like to try reading the Qur’an. I have never read the Qur’an, and this is my golden opportunity to do so with some helpful annotation along the way. It will be fun for me on an academic level, but also important as Islam is the 2nd largest religion in the world, and most of today’s geopolitical events are in some way influenced by it. If I have anything intelligent to say, I might even blog my own thoughts on it here as the weeks go by.
Here is Robert Spencer’s introduction to the project:
To understand the motives and goals of Islamic jihad terrorists, one good place to start might be to explore what they themselves say about why they’re doing what they’re doing, and what they want. That in turn will lead you to the Qur’an (or Koran), the Islamic holy book. The jihadists quote it frequently and portray themselves as those who are following “pure Islam,” the genuine article as it is taught in the Qur’an and Islamic tradition. So in the course of my work explaining the jihadists’ objectives, I’ve quoted the Qur’an a great deal – and hardly a day goes by without my being accused of “cherry-picking” violent passages, and quoting them “out of context.” Meanwhile, the Council on American Islamic Relations and other Muslim groups say that in order to understand the true, peaceful Islam, we should read the Qur’an.
So over the course of the next few months, I’m going to read it, and discuss it in a series of columns. All of it. Not “cherry-picked” or “out of context.” The whole thing, beginning to end. Some of you may be familiar with David Plotz’s series on Slate, “Blogging the Bible.” This series will be similar to that one, but rather than just write about what I think or feel about a certain passage, I will, unlike Plotz, refer to commentaries – all Muslim ones – on the Qur’an. I’ll try to explain how mainstream Muslims who study the Qur’an will understand any given passage, and what its import might be for non-Muslims.
I hope others here besides myself will find this interesting and maybe even fun.