On the following pages, you will find several comparisons between our translation and that of traditional orthodox English renditions of the Quran. By the word “tradition,” we refer to the works that heavily rely on hearsay reports such as hadith, sunna, and sectarian jurisprudence. We chose to compare our work primarily with the translation of Yusuf Ali, Pickthall, and Shakir, since they reflect most of the common errors and distortions, and because they are popular translations among the English-speaking Sunni population.
37 books recommended by Edip Yüksel, in no particular order, except the obvious one.
1. Language and Symbolic Power, Bourdieu
2. Innumeracy, John Alles Paulos
3. Genius, Harold Bloom
4. Philosophical Investigations, L. Wittgenstein
5. Intelligent Design, William A. Dembsky
6. Losing Faith in Faith, Dan Barker
7. Exploring Islam in a New Light, Abdur Rab
8. Universal History of Numbers, Georges Ifrah
9. Jesus, Interrupted, Bart D. Ehrman
10. Islamic Theory of Evolution, T.O. Shanavas
11. Hegemony or Survival: Noam Chomsky
12. God & The New Physics, Paul Davies
13. The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
14. Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji
15. Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, Ian Stewart
16. Introduction to Logic, Copi and Cohen
17. Discipline & Punish, Michel Foucault
18. 101 Ethical Dilemmas, Martin Cohen
19. NINETEEN: God’s Signature in Nature and Scripture, Edip Yuksel
20. 101 Philosophy Problems, Martin Cohen
21. Human Body: a Family Reference, Parragon
22. Power of Logical Thinking, Marilyn Vos Savant
23. Quran, Hadith and Islam, Rashad Khalifa
24. The Philosophy Gym, Stephen Law
25. Is God a Mathematician, Mario Livio
26. The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
27. Flim-Flam, James Randi
28. Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer
29. Doublespeak, William Lutz
30. Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a), Raj Bhala
31. The Copernican Revolution, Thomas S. Kuhn
32. The Mathematical Experience, Philip J. Davis
33. Unsolved Problems in Number Theory, Richard K. Guy
34. Losing My Religion, Jeffrey Lang
35. The Math Book, Clifford A. Pickover
36. Perspectives from the Past: Primary Sources in Western Civ. (2 vol), James M. Brophy, et al.
37. Quran: a Reformist Translation, Edip Yuksel, Layth al-Shaiban, Martha Schulte-Nafeh
I have been communicating with Noam for quiet some time. After I interviewed him on November 14 in his office at MIT, we kept in touch. With his permission, I decided to share with you a trivial but interesting email conversation so that you know what the two very serious people are talking about while others are celebrating the New Year 🙂
Though I am an ordinary man, the events in my life have been extraordinary. My life’s story is rich with internal and external conflicts, relentless quest for truth, courage, intellectual honesty, sacrifice, and dedication to promote peace, freedom, social democracy, and rationalism. My life story may provide a unique and precious insight how to approach the so-called “clash of civilization.” I am the child of that clash! I have a mirror in my hand for the Crusader and the Jihadi, for the West and East. I do not claim to have panacea for the problems of the world, but I have a perspective on some theo-political issues that worthy of consideration.
As it appears, the USA-Inc has also picked a Sultan for Turkey besides the Caliph, and advised them to work together so that they could both establish a moderate semi-democratic Muslim model in the Middle East, controlled by the USA and its allies. That will diminish the influence of Iran in the region, the rebellious nation.
Interestingly, with the exception of a few, most of your criticism was focused on some of the errors in Rashad’s early works, which he corrected afterwards. During our debate in London, which was sabotaged by the moderator of your choice, you indulged in those early errors. You forgot that you could do exactly the same thing to refute the heliocentric model, by finding errors in Copernic’s calculations. Similarly, you could reject the theory of Evolution by listing the many errors in Darwin’s book or the work of other scientists who did substantial contribution to the theory of evolution.
This is the first documentary of upcoming video series on Code 19, Islamic Reform, Philosophy and Politics.
Edip Yuksel and Carl Sagan argue on the “mathematical structure” of the Quran and its philosophical implication regarding the existence of God. Carl Sagan, as an agnostic astronomer, expresses his doubts about such an inference. The two-round short argument provides a different perspective on the “Miraculous Code 19” of the Quran. It is a prime argument on a mysterious prime number.
The next American Revolution, the economic rights and justice movement will not be the reincarnation of bankrupt Marxist ideology, since its extreme ideals created big bureaucracies, authoritarian regimes, prisons, corruption, disappointment, and destruction. The era of black and white television has long past, and there are promising alternatives to capitalism and communism: myriad flavors of social democracies.
As an individual I have many components. I can define myself in many ways depending on the context. I am a homosapien, a monotheist, Yahya’s and Matine’s father, a husband, a Turkish author, a philosopher, a lawyer, a skeptic, a believer, a democrat, a conservative, an American, a political activist, a reformist, a chess-player, a copywriter, a poet, a handyman, a Macintosh user, a teacher, . . . and I am also a Kurd. I am not sure how being a Kurd ranks among the manifold ingredients that makes up my personality, but recently it became one of the important characteristics. Why? Because I have realized that I am denied of this identity. I have also witnessed that many others who share the same culture and heritage are oppressed and killed just because of being born in a Kurdish family.
This paper was the topic of an interdisciplinary symposium held in March 1999 at Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School , New York. The symposium was moderated by David Golove, Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School. Panelists Thomas Christiano, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona and Gregory Fox, Professor of Law at Yale Law School, focused on the philosophical paradox involving the banning political parties to protect democracies; William Pfaff, International Affairs Columnist at International Herald Tribune and Paul Magnarella, Professor of Law and Anthropology at the University of Florida focused on the democratic process and human rights violations in Turkey.
I believe and argue that humans are “rational self-interested utility maximizers.” This is the primary reason why we are on the top of the food chain. The animalistic nature “self-interest” promoted and guided by “reason” forces rational humans to cooperate and maximize the utility. The rational human being has discovered, through the course of thousands years of trial and error, that optimum utility is obtained when each individual enjoy their personal desires and goals in a delicate balance with the desires and goals of other individuals.
Militant clerics, whether they are the collaborators with the totalitarian regimes or are the dissidents, should be taken seriously. Using the language of religion, the proverbs of their forefathers, they can mobilize gullible masses to bloody conflicts. The best way to deflate the power of militant clergymen is (1) to support intellectuals who promote democracy and freedom, and (2) denounce and punish the oppressive leaders without favoring one to another, through international legal devices such as, freezing their assets in foreign countries and trying them in international tribunals during their reign or after they are ousted from power.
English/Turkish books authored by Edip Yüksel since 1983…
I believe that the current jury system, especially where parties spend enormous effort over the selection, most accurately, elimination of the jury, does not serve justice well. Let’s face it. The jury is selected from a pool of population containing a segment that demonstrates real problems in logical reasoning.