Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Worthy Effort...

Ali Eteraz is trying to make a difference.

“Today, the translation of the Quran most commonly found in Muslim institutions in the US is ‘The Noble Quran’, a Saudi-sponsored text that interprets the Quran according to a very conservative doctrine. That’s problematic,” says founder Ali Eteraz. “We want to provide Muslims with a more modernist translation so that people can make up their own minds about controversial verses. The Saudi interpretation shouldn’t be the only interpretation available to modern Muslims. That interpretation inserts hateful references to Jews and Christians and does nothing to clarify Quranic verses regarding women's rights.”

He may be punching against the pounding surf, but it is a good cause, and history has seen longer odds overcome.

This effort deserves more support than it's getting.

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