Friday, January 4, 2019

On "Jefferson's Qur'an"

Missing from the current "happy face" reporting on new congresspersons swearing in on "Jefferson's Qur'an" is that his 1734 translation by George Sale is accompanied by a preface that is highly critical of Islam as serious religion.

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The Protestants alone are able to attack the Koran with success; and for them, I trust, Providence has reserved the glory of its overthrow.


...for how criminal soever Mohammed may have been in imposing a false religion on mankind...

The Qur'an of course, borrows liberally from the stories of the Bible and indeed contains many common sense truths of its own; thus the cover page itself quotes St. Augustine, "Nulla falsa doctrina est quae non aliquid veri permisceat," that is, “There is no false doctrine that does not contain some truth.”

So the front page of the very "Jefferson Qur'an" these folks are swearing upon calls its contents "false doctrine" mixed with some truth. The irony is complete. And so it goes also in our current world of "news": We may get the truth, but seldom the whole truth.

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1 comment:

progressingamerica said...


Just wanted to mention that the Quran which was owned by John Adams was even more critical than the Sale Quran. Adams owned a Quran written by Sieur du Ryer, who wrote of Islam: (Introduction, page iv)

"Thou wilt wonder that such absurdities have infected the best part of the world, and wilt avouch, that the knowledge of what is contained in this book, will render that law contemptible."

The Koran: commonly called the Alcoran of Mahomet