Monday, 24 August 2009


It looks like fatwa will be issued for author Sebastian Faulks after describing the Koran as just 'the depressive rantings of a schizophrenic' with 'no ethical dimension'.

Sebastian read the Koran while researching for his new book 'A week In December', which will be available next month.

Here's what he had to say:

'It’s a depressing book. It really is. It’s just the rantings of a schizophrenic. It’s very one-dimensional, and people talk about the beauty of the Arabic and so on, but the English translation I read was, from a literary point of view, very disappointing.

'There is also the barrenness of the message, I mean, there are some bits about diet, you know, the equivalent of the Old Testament, which is also crazy.

'But the great thing about the Old Testament is that it does have these incredible stories. Of the 100 greatest stories ever told, 99 are probably in the Old Testament and the other is in Homer.

'With the Koran there are no stories. And it has no ethical dimension like the New Testament, no new plan for life. It says ‘the Jews and the Christians were along the right tracks, but actually, they were wrong and I’m right, and if you don’t believe me, tough — you’ll burn for ever'. That’s basically the message of the book.'

I don't see anyone complaining when people say offensive things against the Holy Bible. In fact, it was only a few weeks ago that people were invited to deface the Holy Bible at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art.

I've read the Koran and have formed my own opinion of it. I suggest everyone else should do the same (it won't take long), then come back and leave a comment to let me know what you think.

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