(I’m glad someone else noticed how sloppy and dhimmi the BBC as well as the university of Birmingham scholarship and reporting was on the koran story. It was so pathetic and submissive it was outright embarrassing)
The BBC announced enthusiastically Wednesday that “what may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham.” This news is not only of interest to scholars and Muslim intellectuals; it appears to buttress the Islamic claim that the Qur’an’s text has remained unchanged for 1,400 years – which is purported to be proof of its divine origin. […] However, it is impossible to discover any more details from this shoddy BBC presentation. The best photo of this manuscript that the BBC provides shows clear traces of another text underneath the main text. It is not clear from the photo whether that is the text from the other side bleeding through on the photograph, or even if there is any text on the other side; nor does the BBC tell us whether or not the parchment shows signs of having been a palimpsest — that is, a parchment that was used more than once for different texts. There is also some red ink in the top lines of the manuscript in the photo but not in the succeeding lines. Has the red ink faded from the other sections, or is it itself evidence of the ink fading? Or is it a later hand filling in areas that had faded away (and possibly altering the text)? The BBC doesn’t tell us, yet this is an extremely salient point. Another recently discovered and much-touted fragment of the Qur’an, now in Germany and dated from between 649 and 675, shows clear signs of alteration, raising the possibility that the Qur’anic text was altered over time (image available here). If this is a possibility also for the University of Birmingham manuscript, the BBC should tell us so. But it doesn’t.
On 23 July, the Swedish Security Service carried out coordinated searches at several locations in the Gothenburg area. Two individuals were arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences, for murder in Syria. There is a warrant out for the arrest of one more individual.
On Thursday morning, the Swedish Security Service carried out coordinated searches at several locations in the Gothenburg area. Two individuals were arrested. They are currently in police custody on suspicion of terrorist offences, for murder in Syria. The searches were carried out in cooperation with the National Counter Terrorism Unit and Police Region West.
4. Turkey: Policeman killed by masked shooters leaves Diyarbakir on lockdown
Funerals for Turkish police murdered ‘in revenge for IS bombing’
One army officer killed in Kilis in cross-border gunfire, prompting retaliatory assault on ISIL base, Turkish media say.
One Turkish army officer has been killed and two soldiers injured in cross-border gunfire with Syria.
Turkish media reported on Thursday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) shot at the Turkish army in Kilis, a Turkish border town, causing the casualties.
First cross-border clashes between Turkey and Isil break out after Turkish soldier killed by gunfire from jihadist-controlled part of Syria
The clashes on Thursday were the first between Turkish forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
“Turkish soldiers returned fire after shots came from the Syrian side of the border, from the region where Islamic State militants are. The clash is going on at the moment,” a senior Turkish official said.
Turkey scrambled F-16 fighter jets to the border region following the clashes.
Thank you Richard, J., M., Wrath of Khan and more.
It appears that in a recent poll The Swedish SD party, equivalent of Geert Wilders’ party in the Netherlands, is polling 1 point behind the leading party. Gates of Vienna has a post up about this, which will show how stunning this is. Remember, in Sweden the post office refused to carry their literature and government agencies discriminated against them every way they could. Yet they are very nearly the most popular party in Sweden.
Things must be bad there.