Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Qur'an

Last night I watched half of "The Qur'an" on UK's Channel 4. It is an excellent documentary that discusses the different interpretations of Qur'anic verses, including the verse that has compelled many Muslim women to wear the hijab, niqab, and ibaya:

And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their chests, and not to reveal their adornment.” (Quran 24:30)

Does this mean that a Muslim woman must cover her hair, her face, her hands? Meanwhile France has denied a Moroccan woman French citizenship apparently because she wears the niqab.

Other controversial verses are reviewed in the documentary, and some interesting people were interviewed, including Christopher Luxenberg, an author who theorized that many Qur'anic verses were mistranslated from Arameic.

Watch the full episode here.

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