Sir, I found Peter Mullen’s analysis (The worst form of terrorism facing us - 28 February) helpful.
I am disappointed that moderate Muslims in the UK are not active in sorting out the problems of who was the legitimate successor to Mohammad. There can surely be only one successor. That would bring peace to major parts of the world such as Syria where the reasons for the battle are often dominated by SunniShia differences.
But isn’t there a deeper problem for Muslims? If the history of the Qur’an is examined, then the first version of it only appeared 25 years after Mohammad died, and didn’t reach a settled form for another 75 years. (Holland’s book - The Shadow of the Sword is a good source of information.) And even now it is not a fully settled form since in one place it tells Muslims to kill ‘infidels’ (and Mullen gives plenty of sadistic examples) and another place to love them. Threeway dialogue (Muslims, Christians and secularists) is needed to talk about these issues from Bradford to Bangladesh, Southampton to Saudi Arabia.
Dr J Matthews,