How to Read, and Not Misread the Quran
asharq alawsat / Amir Taheri

Debate and dispute over texts is as old as civilization itself. In fact, it is possible to argue that polemics is as old as the art of writing itself. Once noted down, whether on a clay tablet, as was the case in ancient Sumer, or on Egyptian papyrus or, these days, the web pages of the cyber-space, a thought becomes a challenge and an invitation. It challenges the unwritten versions of itself while inviting other thoughts to measure themselves against it.

However, a text could be truncated, twisted, turned upside down- in short, quoted out of context or misquoted. In such cases, it becomes a weapon in what we have learned to call "a clash of civilizations."

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