Edward Said is one of my intellectual heroes. If you have not read Orientalism, you must. I found this piece on his love of music a lovely read. It really helps put a human face on the man behind one of the most important intellectual ideas of the 20th century.
So says Lynne Cheney.
[I’ve jumped a head to part 3 since several commentors have asked about translations and secondary material.] I’ve done one post already on the vagaries of Qur’anic Arabic. Learning Arabic does not really help in learning to read the Qur’an in the sense of its interpretive history, but it does help you appreciate the large semantic range of each word in the Qur’an. (A really good secondary source for this discussion, although somewhat technical, is The Qur’an’s Self-Image.) As a result, when I look up passages, I don’t rely on just one translation, but rather several. I also use languages…
Mercury News editorial: Silicon Valley Reads courageously tackles prejudice against Muslims – San Jose Mercury News. Everyone in this multicultural valley would get something out of this year’s works by American Muslim women: “The Butterfly Mosque,” a lyrical memoir by G. Willow Wilson, and “The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing,” by native Californian Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Even if you don’t read them, come to a discussion.