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”