Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Possibly not the best choice of book to read while my husband is in Israel, but an enlightening read nonetheless. I know next to nothing about the current situation in the Middle East and this book really opened my eyes. We frequently hear on the news that the Qu'uran promotes violence and our idea of jihad. It wasn't until reading this book that I realized how similar interpretations of the Qu'uran are to interpretations of the Bible. As a Christian I cringe when I hear of other sects or denominations misinterpreting the Bible publicly - and I hate that the correct interpretation is frequently lost amid the negative publicity of the misinterpretation of a small group. I really felt like Islam faces a similar problem with the various sects taking portions of the Qu'uran and using them to validate violence.

I feel like I have a better grasp on some of the issues faced by those in the Middle East, but there is so much more I need to know. It's definitely a subject I'll continue to study, and I'm pleased to change some of my political ideas to reflect my newfound knowledge!

My one complaint with the book is that in some of the longer chapters, individuals are referenced only by last name. Normally not a problem, but in a long chapter when several individuals have the same last name it can make things hard to follow.

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