What makes this research project special is that it is not done by somebody working inside the field of religion, but by a linguist. Magaard’s conclusion that “If it is true that many Muslims view the Qur’an as God’s own words that can not be interpreted or rephrased, we have a problem.” is spot on. And unfortunately the answer is yes, it is true: 75 percent of Muslims in Europe think that the Quran can not be interpreted.
Translated from JP:
“For three years a Danish linguist has analyzed the basic texts of 10 religions. She concludes that the texts of Islam stand out by encouraging terrorism and violence more than other religions. …
On the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the Danish linguist Tina Magaard presented an analysis that questions the relationship between Islam and terrorism, violence and holy war.
Islam’s religious texts call upon its followers to commit terror and to fight to a much higher degree than any other religion, concludes Tina Magaard, who graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris as a Ph.D. in Textual Analysis and Intercultural Communication after a three-year research project that compared the basic texts of 10 religions.
‘The texts in Islam are clearly distinct from the other religious texts as they to a much higher degree call for violence and aggression against followers of other faiths. There are also direct incitements to terror. This has long been a taboo in research in Islam, but it is a fact we have to acknowledge,’ says Tina Magaard.
Furthermore, the Quran contains hundreds of calls to fight against followers of other faiths.
‘If it is true that many Muslims view the Quran as God’s own words that can not be interpreted or rephrased, we have a problem.'”