Turkish Theologians Reinterpret Sacred Islamic Texts

From Heaven’s Highway: Religious News: Turkish Theologians Reinterpret Sacred Islamic Texts.

Turkey is preparing to publish a document that represents a revolutionary reinterpretation of Islam – and a controversial and radical modernization of the religion.

The country’s powerful Department of Religious Affairs has commissioned a team of theologians at Ankara University to carry out a fundamental revision of the Hadith, the second most sacred text in Islam after the Koran.

The Hadith is a collection of thousands of sayings reputed to come from the Prophet Muhammad. As such, it is the principal guide for Muslims in interpreting the Koran and the source of the vast majority of Islamic law, or Sharia.

But the Turkish state has come to see the Hadith as having an often negative influence on a society it is in a hurry to modernize, and believes it responsible for obscuring the original values of Islam.

It says that a significant number of the sayings were never uttered by Muhammad, and even some that were need now to be reinterpreted.

2 thoughts on “Turkish Theologians Reinterpret Sacred Islamic Texts

  1. Peter Kirk

    A great idea in theory, but in practice who is going to take any notice? Probably only some liberal Muslims in Turkey and a handful elsewhere. The really religious types will doubtless condemn this work as blasphemy and apostasy, and the ordinary masses will ignore it.

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