Category Archives: Dialogues

A Critique of Aastana and Atheist-Materialist-Lingocentric Quranism

FAQs What is the purpose of this proposed book?   This book is an engagement with the approach upheld by Aastana group and its various writers. We hope to look at their views in detail and express agreement or disagreement … Continue reading

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A Critical Analysis of the Aastana Group: Part 1 – Introduction and Critique of Methodology

In 2010-11, our little corner of Facebook was abuzz with a new quranist group called Aastana. Aastana’s main operative who goes by the name ‘Heer Saleti’ was involved in some facebook debates where it showed that she had some interesting … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Anfal-Tawba from The Islamofascists – A Context Sensitive Approach

It has almost become a cliché that whenever Quran is criticised, it is ‘Sura Tauba’ which is mentioned. Critics quote half verses of Anfal (the other ‘war’ sura) and Tauba then append those verses to lengthy traditions allegedly of the … Continue reading

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Was Quran Revealed Gradually As a Text? The QG Analysis

One of the greatest stories in Traditional Islam is the coming of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad. In this story, the Prophet was said to be meditating in the cave of Hira’ when the angel Jibreel visited him and made … Continue reading

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Dialogues – Does Quran Teach Pacifism (with Mohamed Shiekh)

Some Quranists take the story of the two children of *adam* in Chapter 5 Vs 27-32 to indicate that Quran teaches pacifism. In other words, we are not under any circumstances in any form of fighting. One of these is … Continue reading

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On the Identity of ‘Jews’ in Quran

In Traditional circles of Islam, Prophet Muhammad’s interactions with Jews is quite well-known. These stories are used to portray a less than positive picture of Jews. Not only that, Quran is misused to insinuate that the nation of Jews are … Continue reading

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Discussion with Khidr Amari: Introduction

This is a discussion with Khidr Amari whose writings may be found here. The main topic of this discussion is the Tri-Religious Myth  – the notion that Islam and the Quran – is part of a series of religions originating … Continue reading

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