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Contemporary Readings Of The Qurʾan: Cruel/Compassionate?

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The literalist reading overcasts the many embellished moments of sacred tropes. In other words, reading of sacred language can lose its meaning and its rich pregnancy of metaphors, context, illustrations, poetry and metonymic use of the word of God. In the Qurʾan, some readers and interpreters of text who have a specific agenda often interpret many verses as literal and other verses with metonymic messages that go unnoticed as insignificant by the unsuspecting reader. An in-depth discussion about the word "infidel" is essential in understanding what the Qurʾan says about the "unbelievers" versus what we read in the media and extremist transcripts as "infidels". Prominent literalists and tyrants such as Osama Bin Laden and Zawihiri take verses, even snippets, from the Qurʾan, and deliver them to the world wide media via video and internet sites.

Keywords: Qurʾan; sacred tropes



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