I read the Koran because a lot of people talk about it in reference to the 9/11 blowback, Middle East conflicts, bombings in Europe, as well as in reference to mosque-building and shootings in California and in other parts of god-blessed America. Should you read the Koran to better understand what’s really going on? No! Just read my review; that’s all the Koran you need. I’ve also posted my review on Amazon.
Repetition, Trouble, Islam, and Oil
The Koran is the most repetitive book I have read. Moreover, it repeats over and over what’s already been scripted in the holy books of every other monotheism: legends of creation, mythical men (Abraham, Jesus, et al.), misogyny, hatreds, prohibitions, punishments, killings, hell-fire fear mongering and, only for believers, a joyous eternal life.
If you’re interested in the Koran because you think it’s key to understanding the trouble right here in the Middle East, now erupting in the West, don’t waste your time on this screed. To find out what’s really going on in the Middle East—as well as the US role in Middle East wars, killings, and ethnic cleansing–and for information about the causal factors of what Mark Lilla and others misname “international jihadism”—read Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, and the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East. What you’ll find out from Gendzier is that the trouble right here in the Middle East and spreading elsewhere is not about Islam and, of course, it’s not about pool—it’s about OIL.