Turkey Rounds Up Experts to Revise Islam

Reformers hope work will wrench religion from extremists
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 3:04 PM CDT
Turkey Rounds Up Experts to Revise Islam
Pro-Islamic demonstrators chant slogans in Istanbul, during a protest against a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a case for a ban on the Islamic-rooted ruling party.   (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

(Newser) – Ankara has gathered a team of experts to parse through Muhammad's words and deeds and decode them for modern-day Muslims, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Their planned 5-volume set will point out anachronisms—no, Muslims need not brush their teeth with a twig—and will likely remove lines about women being bad luck or stupid. "Those definitely cannot be the words of the prophet," one scholar said.

One British expert said the project will be "somewhat akin to the Christian Reformation."
But Reformers in Turkey hope the venture will wrench Islam from extremists and show the world Muhammad's good side. "This may help to take the words of the prophet from the hands of people who are using them to legitimize their bad deeds," one official said. (Read more Turkey stories.)

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