Di­a­logue to­day

The Church of England - - LETTERS -

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,

Ware­ham

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