Muslim reformation?…

Currently in the works, a radical revision of the Hadith:

Turkey is preparing to publish a document that represents a revolutionary reinterpretation of Islam – and a controversial and radical modernisation of the religion.

The country’s powerful Department of Religious Affairs has commissioned a team of theologians at Ankara University to carry out a fundamental revision of the Hadith, the second most sacred text in Islam after the Koran.

Link to BBC story.

Wow. For us religion geeks, this is huge news. It seems unlikely that U.S. news media will cover the story in any meaningful way, so now I’m trying to figure out where I can go for solid coverage of this story. Any ideas?


4 thoughts on “Muslim reformation?…

  1. h sofia

    Unfortunately, I don’t know where to find an ongoing account of this process, but it definitely could be the “reformation” some Muslims (and non Muslims) have been hoping for. Hopefully Turkey won’t suffer any negative violent consequences; they do have a conservative government, so that may help.

    I would be really interested to read the revisions they make.

  2. cynthia cain

    I have some friends who are Turkish students living here~ one is pol. sci. .. so maybe they would answer your questions.

    BTW, I am going to Turkey (with them & other cmty leaders) in August.

  3. Dan

    h sofia @ 1 and Teresa Nielsen Hayden @ 3 — I’m going to bug a couple of religion scholars I know and see what they say. (But unfortunately, I’m no longer well connected with religion scholars.) I’ll post if anything comes up.

    cynthia cain @ 2 — Maybe you’d be willing to send me their email addresses offline? danrharper AT aol . com, modifying as appropriate to remove the spambot disguise.

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