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November 14, 2005


I studied the Koran (although not completely) in college as part of a world cultures course of sorts. One passage in the Koran that still sticks with me today (other that the part where all enfidels should be destroyed) is that a man may beat his wife lightly (whatever that means) if she disobeys. When I see a Muslim woman I often wonder how she feels about this. I'm no expert on the Koran, so perhaps I am taking it out of context?

I also must claim ignorance on the details of what the Koran (Quaran) teaches, but I thought some of the later writings of Mohammed included instructions to kill "infidels" (those who reject Islam). See:

I have heard some Muslims argue that these are incorrect translations of these texts -- that a reading that encourages violence is simply a mis-application of the texts. I don't know if that is true or not, but I am open to the possibility, given that incorrect translations of Bible passages have also been used to justify immoral activities.

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