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dinsdag 26 februari 2008

Turkish Islamic Reformation

Robert Piggott (BBC) tells us that "Turkey is preparing to publish a document that represents a revolutionary reinterpretation of Islam - and a controversial and radical modernisation of the religion. The country's powerful Department of Religious Affairs has commissioned a team of theologians at Ankara University to carry out a fundamental revision of the Hadith, the second most sacred text in Islam after the Koran. "

The Hadith is a collection of oral traditions related to the acts and words of Muhammad. It is regarded as an important tool of interpreting the Koran and acts as a basis for the Sharia. Turkish scholars are now reinterpreting the texts in order to modernize the teachings to a modern society, based on the same spirit of logic on which islam is purported to be founded. Many of the prophet's words that are in the texts, were actually added later to serve the purposes of that time. Like the Bible, the Hadith knows many writers. The intention is to update the islamic religion by going back to its original roots and by reading what it says, not what the reader wants to read.

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