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  • Read as a book, the Koran actually is pretty awful, as most things that pass for monotheistic "scripture" are. It's also longwinded, hectoring, bellicose, histrionic, and over-determined. And, to paraphrase an old Woodie Allen joke, "it lacks a sympathetic central character".

    But it is not a book (which is a pretty modern concept, actually) -- it is lyrics. So it has to be heard sung. And regrettably, song always translates badly (so you've got to hear it sung in the original Arabic), and the meaning is

    • by djberg96 (2603) on 2002.08.07 13:25 (#11518) Journal
      I think he was referring to a book called "Approaching the Qur'an", not the Koran itself. Or did I misunderstand?
      • You're right, it was a discussion of the Koran rather than the Koran itself.

        Worth mentioning is that this is summer reading that the students from which the students will only have to produce a one-page (!!) paper and be in a discussion group for a couple of hours.

      • Yeah, but I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone.

        You say tomato, I say Clamato...