Syria: Assad orders release of “revised” Qur’an to stop “distortion”
It would be very interesting to see how exactly Assad’s Qur’an is revised, but this article contains no specific information. If it changes any of the wording, it is unlikely to be accepted by any Muslims, in part because Assad is himself not an orthodox Muslim but an Alawite, and primarily because Muslims consider the Qur’an the perfect, eternal and inviolable word of Allah. And because they believe that, if this edition changes any of the words of the Qur’an, Sunnis and Shi’ites alike will probably view it as an insult to Islam, and call for Assad’s removal and murder solely for the crime of sponsoring and endorsing it.
“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad updates Koran to stop ‘distortion’ or ‘misleading’ information,” by Rose Troup Buchanan, Independent, July 17, 2015:
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered the release of a new “revised” version of the Koran in order to correct “distortion” and “misleading” lessons, state television reports.
The president, currently conducting a brutal campaign against his own citizens in a vicious civil conflict, authorised the publication of the “new standard version” of the Islamic holy book.
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