Hot Air introduces: Blogging the Qur’an

posted at 9:34 pm on May 26, 2007 by Bryan

Starting Sunday, May 27, Hot Air will bring you a new series that we hope will foster discussion as well as become a resource for anyone who wants to know more about the Qur’an (or Koran) and its role in the Islamic world and in the ideology of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, as well as its place in the lives of a billion Muslims worldwide. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch will blog the Qur’an as he reads through it, bringing the Hadiths and Islamic teachings and traditions into the discussion. The introductory installment will appear here at 9 am, and Robert will engage readers’ questions and responses in the comments.

Blogging the Qur’an was inspired by Slate’s Blogging the Bible project, but Blogging the Qur’an will be very different in at least one respect. In Blogging the Bible, David Plotz is blogging about the Bible as he reads through it for the very first time. Robert Spencer, on the other hand, read the Qur’an for the first time in 1981 and has been studying it and the Islamic traditions and teachings that inform students of the Qur’an ever since.

We’re hoping for a thorough and thoughtful discussion of the Qur’an, not cherry-picked but read and blogged and discussed from end to end, since the book has become a very important one in our time.

Update: We’ll provide links to the entire series here.

May 27, 2007: Blogging the Qur’an

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 1, “The Opening”

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 1-39

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 40-75

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 75-140

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 141-210

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 211-221

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 222-286

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 1-32

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 33-63

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 64-120

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 121-200

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 4, “Women,” verses 1-16

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 4, “Women,” verses 17-34

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 4, “Women,” verses 35-104

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 4, “Women,” verses 104-176


Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 5, “The Table,” verses 1-60

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 5, “The Table,” verses 61-120

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 6, “Cattle,” verses 1-83

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 6, “Cattle,” verses 84-165

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 7, “The Heights,” verses 1-102

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 7, “The Heights,” verses 103-206

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 8, “Booty,” verses 1-30

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 8, “Booty,” verses 31-75

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 1-5

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 6-14

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 14-28

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 9, “Repentance,” verse 29

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 9, “Repentance,” verse 29, Part 2

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 30-49

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 50-80

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 81-129

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 10, “Jonah”

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 11, “Hud”

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 12, “Joseph”

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 13, “The Thunder”

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 14, “Abraham”

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 15, “Rock City”


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I’m delighted by the new feature. I’m glad Robert Spencer has been willing to spend nearly thirty years cultivating his understanding of Islam. His undertaking, it seems, has been enormous, and now it appears we’re about to receive the benefit of it.

Kralizec on May 26, 2007 at 9:43 PM

Very excellent feature, good luck to HA and Mr Spencer, this very inforamative and important endeavor will be met with ,well, let’s just hope for the best.
I will stand up and not submit .

bbz123 on May 26, 2007 at 9:49 PM

An offer of a free online course taught by Robert Spencer? Count me in.

eagles5 on May 26, 2007 at 9:58 PM

Good idea!

csdeven on May 26, 2007 at 9:59 PM

Yet another reason for daily dose of Hot Air!

conservativecaveman on May 26, 2007 at 10:08 PM

Cool! Maybe I’ll learn something I don’t already see.

SouthernGent on May 26, 2007 at 10:09 PM

Thanks Bryan, HA, and Michelle for this fantastic opportunity.

Buzzy on May 26, 2007 at 10:09 PM

Sounds like it’s going to be very interesting.

Spencer’s got a first rate brain, and a keen understanding of the subject matter, plus he can explain it clearly and concisely in ways even I can understand.

MoxArgon on May 26, 2007 at 10:20 PM

Cool…..

Let the apologists begin explaining the genocide, slavery, Dhimmitude and general agony of the Kaffurs over the last thirteen centuries.

Did I forget to mention the thirty-thousand Balkan Jews send to their death thanks to the Muslim SS?

Them too……..

Hening on May 26, 2007 at 10:21 PM

I look forward to reading and posting on the subject.

PeteRR on May 26, 2007 at 10:21 PM

Robert Spencer has been delivering his objective view point for some time now on Jihad Watch at Hot Air. This is the reason I will read the series after church (Christian) Sundays. After all contempt prior to investigation is the leading cause of ignorance. What could go wrong?

sonnyspats1 on May 26, 2007 at 10:25 PM

“…a billion Muslims”

There are approximately 6.7 billion people on the whole entire Earth. Is it true that a full 15% of the entire World’s population is Muslim? That seems a bit over stated.

SilverStar830 on May 26, 2007 at 10:30 PM

robert spencer is like the “white pride” guy with the user name, “WolfFang1488″ who says that blacks are congenitally criminal and when you tell him to f**k off with his racism, he says “i quoted my crime statistics from the cdc. it can’t be racist if it’s a fact.”

religion is of course a different matter than race, but his thesis is basicly obl’s: all muslims are commanded by their religion to slay the infidel. muslims who do not slay the infidel are not true muslims.”

i was at the free muslims against terror rally a few years ago. spoke briefly with kamal nawash. cool guy. totally against suicide bombing – considers himself a muslim. on lgf after the fact i remember reading most there note repeatedly that few muslims attended. i couldn’t help but notice that, counting the muslims on the stage, there were precisely as many muslims there as there were non-muslims. where were all those people who dare incessantly, i suppose only rhetoricly, for the american muslim community to display it’s moderates and condemn terrorism? here was an event just for that, and the anti-terror types could only deride.

as it turns out they had already become chirping spencer fanboys, just as american muslims had already lined up behind cair, knowingly or naively.

i don’t get that dynamic. back then a lefty would come onto a message board and make some facile smear about how war supporters are motivated by bigotry. a dozen would pipe up with refutations, saying that we were going to make friends of these nations by being strong with their dictators and leaving democracy in our wake; releasing the reformers and ushering a new rennaisance in the muslim world.

but really it’s the same thing everytime in every instance in every era. progressives are like buggs bunny, conservatives are like daffy duck or elmer fudd or both. progressives say to conservatives, “these people over here hate you.” and we return, “well, i’ll show you, i’ll hate them back!”. progressives say, “you hate these people over there.” and we return, “so?” and then search for reasons to justify opposition to a group of people we hadn’t really considered enemies before. because the lefty moved the pieces around the checkerboard and we, only recognizing the landscape of the board, proceeded to attack the other checkers with our own, when we should have pushed away and confronted the lefty manipulating both players’ peices.

that was probably unclear and most of you probably stopped reading after the word “racist”, but my point is that i think spenser is a bad fit for a movement which claims to want to oppose jihad while liberating muslim moderates. anti-jihad should be a forefront and self-evident concern, but the reason it isn’t is due to the connivances of the radical progressive left which has rendered its services to the cause of jihad as cloak and sheild and apologist for what it sees as the counter-hegemon proxy du jour for it’s own agendas.

i’d rather see a “blogging the antonio gramsci reader” or a “blogging das capital”.

jummy on May 26, 2007 at 10:33 PM

A question. What happens if you “accidentally” drop the Koran book on the floor of a pig slaughter house? Does it become worthless? What does the Koran say about that one?

Kokonut on May 26, 2007 at 10:51 PM

I am looking forward to this series. Thank you!

Josephine on May 26, 2007 at 10:51 PM

jummy on May 26, 2007 at 10:33 PM

Yes, of course.

What did he say?

TwinkietheKid on May 26, 2007 at 10:53 PM

jummy, if you’re going to scream “Islamophobe!” or just lump Robert in with OBL rather than listen to what Robert has to say in the series, you won’t be allowed to participate.

Kokonut, knock it off already.

Bryan on May 26, 2007 at 10:55 PM

i’d rather see a “blogging the antonio gramsci reader” or a “blogging das capital”.

jummy on May 26, 2007 at 10:33 PM

Whoa dude. We’ll see you later for poetry night at Barnes & Noble. So will you be a Junior next year or a Senior?

The Titanic is sinking around you and you’re worried about a smudge on the state room silverware.

Mojave Mark on May 26, 2007 at 10:58 PM

I thought it was Qur’an.

Nonfactor on May 26, 2007 at 11:00 PM

I’ll read every word of this blog……thanks HA….I always want to know more and more.

Limerick on May 26, 2007 at 11:03 PM

D’oh, you’re right, Nonfactor. I’ve corrected the post.

I think I’ll just stick to the “K” spelling from now on…

Bryan on May 26, 2007 at 11:05 PM

Bryan on May 26, 2007 at 10:55 PM

we lumped dinesh d’sousa in with obl when he just tried to note the obvious fact that the political center in the middle-east is on the traditionalist right and is bound to be unresponsive to conservative appeals to western center-left biases. we decided that the msm frame that d’sousa was saying that “america deserved 9-11 because it lets women vote just like obl” was the one we’d accept and threw him under the bus.

i’d never use an idiot, obcene pc contrivance like “x-ophobia”. radical political islamism should be opposed, but not while alienating all muslims altogether as i think spenser does with much of his work.

jummy on May 26, 2007 at 11:12 PM

If Friday night’s thread is any indication, this is gonna be good.

Buck Turgidson on May 26, 2007 at 11:14 PM

The Titanic is sinking around you and you’re worried about a smudge on the state room silverware.

Mojave Mark

i already addressed this. you and i see the crisis. half the country denies it. one of the top three dem candidates denies there is even a terror war being waged against us.

i’ll say it again:

anti-jihad should be a forefront and self-evident concern, but the reason it isn’t is due to the connivances of the radical progressive left which has rendered its services to the cause of jihad as cloak and sheild and apologist for what it sees as the counter-hegemon proxy du jour for it’s own agendas.

jummy on May 26, 2007 at 11:17 PM

I don’t know if this will be of any help:

The Skeptic’s Annotated Quran

I “Cherry-Pick” through it myself, from time to time.

franksalterego on May 26, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Anti Jihad is not at the forefront because the Dems want you to think Global Warming is the real threat. With Murtha and Kerry as their military brain trust, can you blame them?

The Dem party has no problem gaining the approval of Jihad if they think it will win them an election.

Hening on May 26, 2007 at 11:26 PM

listen, sorry. my intention wasn’t to take the steam out of what sounds like a good feature. i think it’s a good idea. i’ll be following it. i know i can benefit from a thorough critical reading of the koran, and i’m sure it will be of the same excellent quality as everything you and allah do on this blog. forget i wrote it.

jummy on May 26, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Hening on May 26, 2007 at 11:26 PM

exactly. i think that’s all i meant to say.

jummy on May 26, 2007 at 11:30 PM

Anti-jihad is not at the forefront here at home because George W Bush and Dick Cheney are leading the fight against global jihad.

BDS is real folks.

I think Thomas Sowell has a few points that apply here as well.

reaganaut on May 26, 2007 at 11:48 PM

Can’t wait to hear why al-Qur’an (Koran) Sura 9:5 is really so peaceful.

Thus, when the sacred months has passed, then slay the infidels wherever you find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in ambush.”

Slay them with a great comedy routine?

As your captive audience?

And besiege them with rapid-fire witticisms?

Or is that the Henny Youngman Koran?

profitsbeard on May 26, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Or is that the Henny Youngman Koran?

Take my wives…

reaganaut on May 26, 2007 at 11:54 PM

It will be an intersting post, especially moderated by Bryan when the inevitable trolls show up.

omegaram on May 27, 2007 at 12:36 AM

That’s great! Robert’s books have helped me through many online debates about islamic terror, even just last night on YouTube.

I’d like Robert to post a chronological and geographical order of islamic military conquest from Mecca to Vienna. That would be of great assistance to the understanding of how islam spread.

Thank you HotAir! You just keep gettin’ better!

Tony737 on May 27, 2007 at 12:39 AM

I finished Spencer’s “The Truth About Mohammad” and now I’m reading “The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam & The Crusades.” It’s quite depressing to take it all in. A weekly (will it be weekly?) thread will be quite informative.

Mojave Mark on May 27, 2007 at 12:54 AM

religion is of course a different matter than race, but his [Robert Spencer's] thesis is basicly obl’s: all muslims are commanded by their religion to slay the infidel. muslims who do not slay the infidel are not true muslims.

jummy on May 26, 2007 at 10:33 PM

In jummy’s long, rambling putdown, he never even tried to address the question as to what the Koran actually says; his evasiveness confirms Robert Spencer’s high potential value to us. We’ll have to wait and let Spencer tell us what his “thesis” actually is, but on my understanding of the ninth sura, the command that jummy disputes seems clear. It’s not “Kill the infidel,” by the way, but “Convert, kill, or tax the infidel.”

Kralizec on May 27, 2007 at 1:18 AM

reaganaut on May 26, 2007 at 11:54 PM

lol!

Kralizec on May 27, 2007 at 1:18 AM

i never addressed it because i don’t dispute any of it. i just don’t understand why people who oppose those aspects of the koran are so hellbent on holding each and every person who identifies as a muslim to it’s most brutal letter.

jummy on May 27, 2007 at 1:37 AM

i just don’t understand why people who oppose those aspects of the koran are so hellbent on holding each and every person who identifies as a muslim to it’s most brutal letter.

jummy on May 27, 2007 at 1:37 AM

You don’t get out much do you?

- The Cat

MirCat on May 27, 2007 at 1:45 AM

just don’t understand why people who oppose those aspects of the koran are so hellbent on holding each and every person who identifies as a muslim to it’s most brutal letter.

Well, there are a couple of reasons for this. The first is, the radicals are the ones making headlines, and the so called moderates are pretty silent. Then the so called moderates carry out an “honor killing”, stone a young girl to death, or call women uncovered meat. The civilized world can’t put up with crap like that.

Then you have something like the “cartoon riots”. What else can be said?

That’s the way it is. As a Catholic, I have to listen to idiots who bring up the Crusades as the answer to every argument, or pedophile priests, or the harshness of the Old Testament.

What’s funny is, as part of my Catholic education, I was required to learn about other religions, and as a soldier I’ve seen different religions being practiced.

The fact is the Muslims you mention are dangerous as hell. Also, ironically, the so called “moderate Muslims” outside of the US aren’t nearly as moderate as the AP or BBC or CNN would have you believe.

reaganaut on May 27, 2007 at 2:10 AM

reaganaut on May 27, 2007 at 2:10 AM

yea, but you only understand extremists like al hilali as “moderate” because you were told he was a moderate by leftwingers in the msm. it’s what i was saying in response to mojave mark.

jummy on May 27, 2007 at 2:31 AM

Robert Spencer and others like him who KNOW what they are talking about – bless you all!

lostinfrance on May 27, 2007 at 2:54 AM

jummy…

For your information what Mr. Spencer does on his website jihadwatch.org ir quote muslim on their interpretation of the qur’an, these are not his opinions, they are the opinions of “muslim scholars”. We don’t need your apologist type here, I suggest you STFU and sit back and get educated!

NeverSubmit on May 27, 2007 at 3:25 AM

Bryan, thank you for bringing this feature to light, knowledge is power. Mr. Spencer, thank you for offering your time, your experience, and your insight. I think that all of the HotAir readers and staff should feel just a bit flattered that you consider this a suitable venue for such a venture.

jummy, ease off the caffeine, man. I thought I was the master of run-on sentences around here.

Freelancer on May 27, 2007 at 4:55 AM

that was probably unclear and most of you probably stopped reading after the word “racist”, but my point is that i think spenser is a bad fit for a movement which claims to want to oppose jihad while liberating muslim moderates.

“Spenser” isn’t part of a movement and argued against the invasion of Iraq because the neoconserative rationale for it took no account of the tenets of Islam. So he hasn’t opposed liberating muslim modrates and isn’t a hypocrite. There’s no movement by the way. Different people have different opinions and we can contribute to the debate.

i’d rather see a “blogging the antonio gramsci reader” or a “blogging das capital”.

Why? The Cold War is over. If you’re not able to face the new threat then you should hide under your bed instead of attacking Robert Spencer on spurious grounds.

aengus on May 27, 2007 at 5:36 AM

Excellent! I’m really looking forward to the first installment.

And Jummy…you’re way wrong on Spencer. Comparing him to a white supremacist? Yeesh. You obviously haven’t read much of his work.

flipflop on May 27, 2007 at 6:16 AM

Again, the founders of Hot Air demonstrates why they are the cutting edge… thanks, I’m confident these discussions will benefit all Americans.

Zorro on May 27, 2007 at 6:54 AM

What I am most interested in, is the history and linkgs to the instances of plagarism that Mo employed when he dictated this incoherent chapters. Not just Biblical errors (Mary = Miriam, the sister-in-law of Moses) but the plagarism from Greek myth as well. I am also VERY interested in, comparisons to Cho’s “manifesto”. If we can see that Cho was insane, and see that clearly, how is the writing of Mo similar to Cho? Not that Cho was muslim, but that he was violently insane, and so was Mo. What comparisons can be drawn (if any) between the two writings? I refuse to read the manifesto, but it seems to me that these two people wrote (or dictated) in similar, disjointed manners. Is there a comparison at all, and I mean that in writing styles and thought, not ideaology. Does anyone else see that? Is it just me?

CrimsonFisted on May 27, 2007 at 7:35 AM

I have on my bookshelf “Islam Unveiled”, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam”, “The Myth of Islamic Tolerance”, and “The Truth about Muhammed” ( I bought two copies and gave one to a friend). It would be not only interesting to read the blog, but an honour to actually be able to back-and-forth with him online.

P. James Moriarty on May 27, 2007 at 8:27 AM

jummy:

I’m sorry, man, but it’s impossible to take seriously a guy who won’t spring for a keyboard with a working Shift key.

This will be a great series, soon to be known as “The Weekly dorkafork Smackdown!”

HerrMorgenholz on May 27, 2007 at 8:53 AM

Almost 6:00 AM on the Left coast and standing by…….

P. James Moriarty on May 27, 2007 at 8:56 AM

While you’re waiting, you may find this interesting.

Nationalization – A Plan for World Domination

Excerpt

” “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

We are witnessing how nation states are increasing using nationalization as a tool for world control of energy production, energy transportation, basic products and financial assets for control. It appears that the actions of Russia and China combined with pawns the Islamist states and the Leftist governments in Latin America are coordinated in their actions. Initially the nationalizations were occurring within the countries, and recently these actions have extended into the EU and the U.S.”

Connie on May 27, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Sounds like a good feature.

Krydor on May 27, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Then you have something like the “cartoon riots”. What else can be said?

That, in addition to some legitimately nutty folks losing their minds over dumb cartoons, you were also spun by the Iranian regime and other puppet masters staging outrage which was dutifully reported by the media.

BillINDC on May 27, 2007 at 1:45 PM