In Yemen, while restoring an ancient mosque, labourers found a “gravesite” of very old parchments carrying the words of Koran. The scholars read these to discover that Koran, far from being the immutable word of God, seemed like an evolving text, actively being edited and changed over the centuries. If this is true, then the entire struggle of Muslims over the last 1400 years becomes meaningless. Mohammad was illiterate. Does anyone even know who actually wrote the Koran after him?
What Is the Koran?
Researchers with a variety of academic and theological interests are proposing controversial theories about the Koran and Islamic history, and are striving to reinterpret Islam for the modern world. This is, as one scholar puts it, a “sensitive business”