By Jonathan Walsh
By Jonathan Walsh
Rabat – Analysis of the Quran and the New and Old testaments of the Bible has shown that violence and destruction are referenced more frequently in Biblical texts than in the Quran.
The study was performed by, American textual analysis company, Odin to look further into what researcher Tom Anderson described as “an unpleasant discussion at best…Is there something inherently and uniquely violent about Islam as a religion?”
This debate is one that is currently occurring on every level in America. Last month President Obama had to warn against “any politics that target people because of race or religion,” a statement that clearly came in response to Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the country.
The research observed how often various sentiments such as trust, anger, and joy are described in the holy books. The work took just two minutes to complete and Anderson made clear that the work was only meant as a broader analysis, rather than a detailed theological debate.
“This analysis is superficial and the findings are by no means intended to be conclusive. Ours is a 30,000-ft, cursory view of three texts: the Quran and the Old and New Testaments, respectively,” said Anderson.“ Moreover, we realize that the Old and New Testaments and the Quran are neither the only literature in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, nor do they constitute the sum of these religions’ teachings and protocols,” he added. The findings show that while there were great similarities in emotions used, ‘trust’ was overwhelmingly more prevalent in the Quran.
Minor differences in emotions such as ‘anger’, which The Bible referenced more commonly, and ‘fear/anxiety’, which is more common in The Quran, are also seen.
Whether or not the tests answer any questions in great depth is debatable. What it does serve to prove, however, is that widespread assumptions of Islamic texts being overwhelmingly violent, in comparison to the Bible, are generally misplaced.
Edited by Tunisia Kenyatta