The book flap started when the university announced the 3,500 freshmen in the Class of 2006 will be reading Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations. The book translates and discusses the earliest 35 suras, the first words Muslims believe God revealed to the prophet Mohammed. The students will read the book during orientation week in mid-August and discuss it for "a couple of hours" in groups of 20 to 25 led by faculty members, according to UNC Chancellor James Moeser.
"This was a book chosen in the wake of Sept. 11," Moeser said. "A fifth of the world’s population subscribes to the Islamic religion and yet it’s not a well-understood religion. This is a great opportunity to have a conversation on the teachings of one of the world’s great religions."
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"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so."