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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