Following the advent of the murderous Islamic State (IS), the need to scrutinize the relationship between Islam and violence has proved necessary. Several attempts have been made towards this aim, some even arguing for the revision of the Holy Qur’an itself. Others request that believing Muslims turn away from the particular texts with content of violence. To a devout Muslim however, it is not easy to ignore the scripture that is in fact believed to be the word of God. I believe none of this is necessary; instead, these passages of violence may be reinterpreted with the help of the Qur’an itself.
WHILE THE VIOLENT character of the Qur’an is now broadly publicised in articles, interviews and various publications around the world, these analyses tend to misuse the references to the Qur’an, often only citing single verses like the following (translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem):
“Those who wage…
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