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The Tenacity of Unreasonable BeliefsFundamentalism and the Fear of Truth$
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Solomon Schimmel

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188264.001.0001

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 Muslim Koranic Fundamentalism

 Muslim Koranic Fundamentalism

(p.135) Chapter Five Muslim Koranic Fundamentalism
The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs

Solomon Schimmel (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Islamic belief that the Koran (Qur'an) was authored by Allah and revealed to Muhammad via the angel Gabriel, and dissects the alleged ‘proofs’ for Koranic divinity. The chapter presents nine arguments against this belief, among which are the Koran's internal contradictions, obvious dependence on Judaism, and Jewish and Christian traditions, factual errors, superstitious beliefs, and inclusion of unethical and immoral teachings. The chapter discusses the danger posed to democratic societies and values by fundamentalist Muslims who seek to impose Qur'anic and Sharia law and values on non‐Muslim societies, while noting that some Muslims advocate democracy and religious freedom. The chapter discusses the absurd claim of some Muslims that the Koran contains scientific knowledge that was not discovered in the West until recently, and the belief in Koranic inimitability (Ijaz al Koran), and analyzes the psychology of Muslims who make irrational claims and profess irrational beliefs.

Keywords:   Muslim, Islam, Islamic, fundamentalism, Koran, Qur'an, Allah, Muhammad, Koranic divinity, Qur'anic, Judaism, Jewish, superstitious beliefs, intolerance, sharia, democracy, religious freedom, scientific knowledge, Koranic inimitability, Ijaz al Koran, irrational beliefs

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