Friday, January 16, 2009

The Difficulty of Obtaining Resources

Here I can walk into any bookstore and I will be greeted with a plethora of anti-Christian writings and writings critical of the development of Christianity and the Bible. In your average bookstore they range from the moderately scholarly such as Bart Ehrman's pop-critical evaluations of the New Testament to the grossly biased works of Dawkins or Hitchens. Compare this to what your local bookstore holds in relation to Islam.

Not one bookstore in the country holds Christoph Luxenberg's the 'Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Qur'an'. Not one bookstore holds a title of Robert Spencer's 'The Truth about Muhammad' but some can order it in by request.

But I thought this was of no real issue to me as I have access to some of the greatest academic libraries in the country. As a patron of five university libraries - 2 of which are ranked in the top 100 World universities and 4 with a Middle Eastern and Islamic studies department - I thought it wouldn't be a problem. But to my surprise not one of the universities held a copy of Luxenberg's book.

If anyone is aware of an online published version of Christoph Luxenberg's 'The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Qur'an' or a bookstore holding it do not be afraid to leave a message!

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