On December 2, 2016, I posted this piece, “Does the Qur’an Promote Violence?” I had posted about this subject on numerous occasions (see them listed in this post). This post was prompted by my attending days earlier the joint Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (as a member since 1999) and the American Academy of Religion. It was held in San Antonio, Texas, November 19-22. Specifically, the post was based on notes I took while attending a 2.5 hour forum hosted by the International Qur’anic Studies Association in which mostly Islamic scholars lectured on the subject, “The Qur’an as a Violent Text.”I just now discovered that Jihad Watch posted an article critiquing my post about this forum on their website the next day, on December 3, 2016. It is entitled “International Qur’anic Studies Association scholars: Qur’an only describes violence, doesn’t command it.” This article is accompanied by many comments, with some commenters, obviously Muslims, calling me names. The article, by Robert Spencer, is quite thorough. He concludes, “Kermit Zarley is a perceptive man: he wasn’t fooled.”
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