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Humanist Scholars To Examine Islam And The Koran

by Matt Cherry

The following article is from the Secular Humanist Bulletin, Volume 13, Number 1.

The Council for Secular Humanism has formed a Committee for the Study of Koranic Literature. The new group, a sub-committee of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion, will examine the foundations, claims and practices of Islam and its holy book the Koran.

Ibn Warraq, author of Why I am Not a Muslim, will chair the new committee. Its members include Western scholars of Islam and academics from Islamic countries. The other founding members of the committee are Professor Hector Avalos, CSER executive director, Professor R. Joseph Hoffman of Oxford University, and Professors Mourad Wahba and Mona Abousenna, of Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Ibn Warraq (a pseudonym) will be a visiting scholar at the Center for Inquiry, Amherst, for three months in the Spring of 1997.

The Committee for the Study of Koranic Literature is one of several initiatives that arose from a meeting of Middle-Eastern humanists and secularists at the World Humanist Congress in Mexico City, November 1996.

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