Edip Yuksel’s English and Turkish Books


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2011  Running Like Zerbas (E). This book contains numerous debates on the prophetic numerical system embedded ni the Quran. Edip Yüksel responds and refutes critics and skeptics, such as: Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips: Sunni scholar Carl Sagan: astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, and skeptic author Daniel Abdurrahman Lomax: Sunni computer engineer Ayman Mutaakher: anonymous Sunni critic James (Amazing) Randi: founder of Randi Foundation, a skeptic activist Michael Shermer: editor and publisher of the Skeptic Magazine, author, columnist The miraculous function of the number 19 prophesized in Chapter 74 was unveiled in 1974 through a computerized analysis of the Quran. Though, in retrospect, the implication of 19 in Chapter 74 traditionally called Hidden One, were obvious, it remained a secret for 1406 (19×74) lunar years after the revelation of the Quran. Edip Yuksel, Brainbow Press, 2012, 504 pages. $19.00. ISBN 978-0982586730

2011  NINETEEN: God’s Signature in Nature and Scripture (E, T). A comprehensive demonstration of the prophetic miracle. Edip Yuksel, Brainbow Press, 2010, 456 pages. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-9796715-3-1

2010  Peacemaker’s Guide to Warmongers (E). Exposing Robert Spencer, Osama bin Laden, David Horowitz, Mullah Omar, Bill Warner, Ali Sina and other Enemies of Peace. Edip Yuksel, Brainbowpress, 2010, 432 pages. $19.95. ISBN: 978-0-9796715-3-1

2009  Critical Thinkers for Islamic Reform (E, T). This book is the by-product of “A Celebration of Heresy Conference: Critical Thinking for Islamic Reform”, inAtlanta on March 28-30 of 2008. About hundred Critical Thinkers gathered inAtlanta to discuss the imperative of Islamic Reform. This book contains the articles submitted by thirty prominent Muslim reformers. Editors: Edip Yuksel, Arnold Mol, Farouk A. Peru, Brainbow Press, 2009, 262 pages, $17.95. ISBN 978-0-9796715-7-9

2008  Manifesto for Islamic Reform (E, T, A, P, R, I). This book contains comprehensive and concise theological and philosophical arguments for why Muslims need to follow the Quran alone under the light of reason and give up from following the regressive, misogynistic, violent teachings of hadith and sunna. Considered as a landmark defense of rational monotheism, the book has received worldwide attention and so far has been translated in five languages. Edip Yuksel, Brainbow Press, 2008, 2009, 128 pages, $9.95. ISBN 978-0-9796715-6-2

2008  Obsessed with Women’s Dress Code: Political and Religious Debates on Headscarves/Takanlar ve Takılanlar: Politik ve Dini Açıdan Türban (T). While criticizing the aggressive Turkish secular bureaucracy and military that banned women wearing headscarves in public buildings, including University campuses, the book defends women’s right to chose how to dress by exposing male hegemony, their religious arguments, and their obsession with women’s hair and dress. (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 2008-2010, 2nd edition, 144 pp.)

2007  Test Your Quranic Knowledge (E). Contains six sets of multiple choice questions and their answers. Edip Yuksel, Brainbow Press, 2007, 2010, 2nd edition, 84 pages, $7.95. ISBN 978-0-9796715-5-5

2007  Quran: a Reformist Translation (Annotated) (E). Co-translators: Layth Saleh al-Shaiban and Martha Schulte. Offering a non-sexist understanding of the divine text; the QRT is the result of collaboration between three translators, two men and a woman. It explicitly rejects the right of the clergy to determine the likely meaning of disputed passages. It uses logic and the language of the Quran itself as the ultimate authority in determining likely meanings, rather than ancient scholarly interpretations rooted in patriarchal hierarchies. It offers extensive cross-referencing to the Bible and provides arguments on numerous philosophical and scientific issues. It is God’s message for those who prefer reason over blind faith, for those who seek peace and ultimate freedom by submitting themselves to the Truth alone. Translated and Annotated by: Edip Yuksel; Layth Saleh al-Shaiban; Martha Schulte-Nafeh. Brainbow Press, 2007-2010, 2nd edition, 520 pages, $24.70. ISBN 978-0-9796715-0-0.

1999  The Message: Quran’s Translation/Mesaj: Kuran Cevirisi (T). A best-selling Turkish translation of the Quran that heavily relies on reason, science and linguistic analysis. The context and usage of words and expressions in the verses of the Quran are carefully analyzed for understanding of individual verses. Radical differences with traditional translations and commentaries are discussed in the footnotes. (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 2000-2010, 5 editions, 600 pp.)

2000  Purple Letters/Mor Mektuplar (T). Selected letters discussing a myriad of issues, such as, religion, politics, law, philosophy, women, and human rights. (Ozan Publishing,Istanbul, 2000-2010, 3 editions, 232 pp.)

1998  Democracy, Oligarchy, Theocracy/Demokrasi, Oligarsi, Teokrasi (T). A response to the Turkish Attorney General’s allegation asking the abolishment of Turkey’s biggest political party, Welfare Party (Refah) and a comparative evaluation of Turkish democracy and secularism. A robust defense of democracy and freedom of expression. (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1998-2010; 133 pp.).

1997  United But Disoriented (E). Editor and author. Eight individuals, who have observed the creation and evolution of a new cult, evaluate the motivation and common patterns of hero-worship. A case study on a new cult, Submitters, promoting infallibility of a late religious scholar (The Monotheist International, Tucson, 1997, 62 pp.).

1997  On It Is Nineteen/Uzerinde Ondokuz Var (T). A comprehensive study of the mathematical structure of the Quran and the Bible, including answers to criticism raised in books and articles published in four languages (Milliyet Publishing, Istanbul, 1997-2010, 4 editions, 320 pp.).

1994  The Prime Argument/Asal Tartisma (E, T). A two-round argument with late astronomer Prof. Carl Sagan on mathematical structure in the scripture and its philosophical implications as evidence for the existence of God. (The Monotheist International, Tucson, 1994, 64 pp.); Turkish translation (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1998-2010, 92 pp.)

1994  Unorthodox Essays (E). A booklet containing essays on Usury, Wife Battering and Abortion. Distinguishes usury from interest; suggests a new translation for verse 4:34, arguing that the traditional translations permitting husbands to beat their wives is a linguistic distortion originated from misogynistic all-male clergymen; and argues that abortion cannot be considered a murder if it is done within three months of conception (The Monotheist International, Tucson, 1994, 28 pp.)

1993  Nineteen Questions for Christian Clergy/Hristiyan Din Adamlarina Ondokuz Soru (E; T). A challenging examination of the teachings and practices of modern Christianity. Based on Biblical verses and historical facts, it promotes a “Copernican revolution” in the theology of religions, consisting in a paradigm shift from a Christianity-centered or Jesus-centered to a God-centered model of universe of faiths (Monotheist International, Tucson, 1993-1999,  3 editions, 100 pp); Turkish translation (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1998-2010, 3 editions).

1992  Errors in Translations of the Quran/Kuran Cevirilerindeki Hatalar (T). A book studying eleven Turkish translations of the Quran and exposing some common errors due to the influence of Hadith and other sectarian teachings (Gosterge, Istanbul, 1992, 164 pp.; Milliyet Publishing, Istanbul, 1998; Ozan Yayıncılık 2006-2010, 182 pp.)

1991  Nineteen Questions for Muslim Clergy/Musluman Din Adamlarina Ondokuz Soru (E; T). A best-selling book written for the public, theologically challenging the consistency and authority of sectarian teachings of Muslim clerics (Renaissance Institute, Tucson, 1991, 66 pp.; The Monotheist Productions Int., Tucson, 1992, 4 editions, 80 pp.); Turkish version (Gösterge, Istanbul, 1992, 72 pp.; Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1997-2010, 7 editions, 110 pp.). The English version is currently revised for a new edition.

1989  Censored Essays/Sakincali Yazilar (T). A rebuttal against published articles critical of my controversial book, “Interesting Questions-2.” After being excommunicated and declared as an apostate, the publishing houses were too intimidated to publish any more of my work. The self-published first edition was stolen from the printing-house and the second edition was partially collected from bookstores (Devlet, Istanbul, 1989, 2 editions, 100 pp.)

1988  Books Are Dangerous/Kitap Okumanin Zararlari (T). A “delicious” book with a calculated dose of mischievous humor, challenging its readers to become critical thinkers. Contains articles on politics, psychology, and pop culture. (Beyan, Istanbul, 1988, 106 pp.)

1987  Interesting Questions-2/Ilginç Sorular-2 (T). The second volume that became radioactive because of its radical criticism to the traditional-sectarian Islam. Caused disappointment, excommunication, and generated death threats for apostasy. (Yuzondort, Istanbul, 1987, 190 pp.; Beyan, Istanbul, 1988, 2nd-3rd editions, 190 pp; a revised version was later published by Ozan, Istanbul, 5th edition, 1999-2010, 3 editions, 184 pp.)

1985  Interesting Questions-1/Ilginc Sorular-1 (T). A best-seller, arguing popular topics regarding religion, philosophy and politics among the university students. Arrested, jailed and tried by theState Security Court for advocating overthrow of the government by mass protests. Acquitted after spending 6 months in jail. (Inkilab, Istanbul, 1985-1987, 8 editions, 214 pp.; Beyan, Istanbul, 1988, 9th edition, 214 pp.)

1984  Is The Bible God’s Word?/Kitab-i Mukaddes Allah Sözü müdür? (T). Analysis of certain verses and critical evaluation of biblical history, versions, and translations. Co-authored with Ahmad Deedat. (Inkilab, Istanbul, 1984, 2 editions, 164 pp.)

1984  The 40th Commandment of Joseph/Yusuf’un 40. Emri (T). Poems written in prison as a political prisoner (Madve, Istanbul, 1984, 72 pp.)

1983  Quran, the Ultimate Miracle/Kuran En Buyuk Mucize (T). A best-selling book co-authored with Ahmad Deedat, president of Islamic Propagation Center inSouth Africa, analyzing certain verses of the Quran related to physical sciences such as astronomy, embryology, geology and mathematics (Inkilab, Istanbul, 1983-88, 16 editions, 204 pp.).

1982    The Interrogation/Sorusturma (T). A novel about police interrogation and torture of a political detainee that I secretly wrote while I was in Turkish prison. The novel was published and distributed by an underground publishing house during the military regime. Unfortunately, due to the unique circumstances of its “birth” I do not have any copy of the book nor its draft. It is lost! (XYZ, Istanbul, 1982, ??? pp.).