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"The earth is flat" is a sentence that only has 1 interpretation.


That's because there hasn't been a movement that has motivation to reconcile professing to believe the truth of the sentence "The earth is flat", with believing that it isn't.


Do you mean an that we should just take a completely literal reading of everything that's in the Koran, and this and only this can be called "true Islam"?


Something like that, with possibly the Hadith. Basically take the Koran the way it was meant to be interpreted.


In this case we'll probably reach a conclusion that there is no such thing as a "true Muslim".


I'm not sure about that, granted I haven't read the Koran, but I'm guessing you haven't either. In any case, it should certainly be possible to figure out who is more or less a true Muslim.






> I haven't read the Koran, but I'm guessing you haven't either

I have read the Koran twice, and various books about Islam. It is by no means obvious to me whether there is one true interpretation and what it might be.
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Bible literalists are often viewed as not reading it quite as it was supposed to. Sometimes such fundamentalists are seen as a divertion of the contemporary view on christianity. The principles should remain the same when we change the book tobe Koran and the religion to be Islam.
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Basically take the Koran the way it was meant to be interpreted.

It took Muhammad over 20 years to write all the Koran verses. Since the tactical situation was constantly changing during this period, there are many contradictions between the early and late verses. There is no single interpretation that would be logically consistent with all of them.
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My understanding is that, like with other religious text, Koran contains a number of contradictory rules. It is probably part of the success of these religions, and their survival through so many years, that you can cherry-pick and adapt to your current situation. E.g. if you do one thing, you'll have one verse to cite it, and if you do the opposite there will be another verse you can cite. This is why I said that under the literal interpretation criterion, there is no such thing as a true Muslim (or Jew or Christian, for that matter). It is impossible to completely follow such religious texts, because of the contradictions in them (which may have been seen as a feature and not a bug). Also, some texts are written intentionally vaguely and allegorically, so it is not at all clear what literal interpretation means for them.
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