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

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truths (immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god), as inconceivable as it may seem, have been abrogated i.e. repealed or modified.

Of all the incongruities that devotees of a religion steeped in incongruities have to accept, the concept of abrogation has to be the most outlandish. Abrogation is common in the real world as better information replaces old information. In the world of revealed truths abrogation should not even be the exception. It defies logic! And there lies the incongruity, the weirdness.

For the rational mind it is inconceivable that a god, in a book He claims to have written, in Arabic no less (classical Arabic is assumed), at the beginning of time, if not earlier, and in which He lays claim to infallibility, has to retract, annul or amend what He said earlier.

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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

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

Verse of the Tax

Afterword

Putting Words in God's Mouth