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Let Me Rephrase That!

Paperback 204 pages

Contents

Dedication

Introduction

A Harvest of Contradictions

The Before and After Solution

One Abrogating One

Charity Becomes Compulsory

No More Mr. Nice Guy I

A Change of Direction

Safa, Marwa and the Religion of Abraham

Charity Becomes a Tax

From Curser to Pardoner of Jews

Providing for a Widow

Dying a Muslim by Doing What a Muslim Does

No More Mr. Nice Guy II

Indoctrination and War

A Blood-Money Conundrum I

From Killing Ten to Killing Two

Entering a House Other Than Your Own

Marriage is Good, Adultery Bad

From Whipping to Pardoning Slanderers of Chaste Women

Generalities about a Woman's Finery

Slave-Girls and Children Close By and You're Naked

Wives for the Messenger

The Prophet as Savior

They Also Carry Allah's Throne

Wages for the Messenger

The Reward of Beneficence

For the Prophet Only

Forgive and Forget is Not Allah's Way

That Sound You Hear

It Was Not a Weighty Message After All

Wishing Won't Make It So

Mouthing the Koran Was Not Good Enough

 

A historical and motivational context, as I have been providing in my books on the Koran is important in understanding the Message; but, perhaps even more significant is knowing what revealed truths (immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god), as inconceivable as it may seem, have been abrogated i.e. repealed or modified by an ostensibly omniscient deity.

16:101 And if We replace a verse by another – and Allah knows best what He reveals – they say: “You are only a forger.” Surely, most of them do not know.

Cover art is a rendition of a picture of George Burns from a poster for the 1977 Warner Bros. film "Oh, God!". Like the movie, I hope you will consider Let Me Rephrase That! a mildly irreverent but never gratuitous treatment of a reverential figure.

Many Abrogating One

A Blood-Money Conundrum II

Wills and Testaments

Intoxicants

The Divorce Ransom and Marriage to an Impotent Man

He Said, She Said

The Manifest Victory

One Abrogating Many

Myth of the Month of Revelations

Something for the Tax Collector

Brides For Believers

First, Kill All the Unbelievers

Hell Is for Those Who Love Life

The Bedouins Learn Their Lesson

No More Mr. Nice Guy III

Mercy for Adulterers!

Not All Poets Are Perverts

Evidence of a Master Copy of the Koran in Paradise

Verse of the Sword

Abrogation and Genocide

A Declaration of War

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Verse of the Tax

Afterword

Putting Words in God's Mouth

Appendices

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Index of Abrogated Verses