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Friday, January 08, 2010

National Geographic Channel's "Inside the Koran" - relatively fair

On Tues the 12th @ 4PM EST, National Geographic will show THIS SHOW. It's already been on at least once this week.

Much of it dealt at the ground level UNSPARINGLY with how Islam deals with women. I found this a very good approach.

The sole factual fault I found was a typical error of the west in leaving out the start (and therefore meaning) of Sura 5:32

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YUSUFALI: On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
PICKTHAL: For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth.
SHAKIR: For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.
For me, the real issue of that Sura would have been to ask WHY the significant portion is pointing to it's meaning is ALWAYS LEFT OUT?

However, they get down to a lot of nitty gritty which FEW HAVE DEALT WITH in 2 hours.

Worth seeing.
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