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The Library Of Hassan Farhan Al Maliki

Yesterday another friend suggested that I write more about the Quran and Islam (and religion – which is different). It appears that Muslim readers may want to read more about my views on the Quran and Islam. Well thank you very much. Whether people agree or disagree is not as important. The more important thing is that people are willing to read something which may be different from what they have been told. Then you can make up your mind. 

I try not to be too focussed on Islamic issues because non Muslim readers (who form a huge bulk of the readers here) may get left behind. 

However since religion is often the elephant in the room I do hope I can keep the non Muslims interested without getting them too bored.

For today here is a You Tube video about Shaykh Hassan Farhan al Maliki who lives in Saudi Arabia. Hassan Farhan is a researcher and scholar about the Quran and Islam and he has studied the early development of religion among the Arabs. 

Hassan Farhan is not of the “orthodox school”. He is a critic of religion and uses his vast reading and knowledge of Islam, the Quran and the development of religious belief to debunk and criticise long held beliefs.

Among the thinking Arabs (if there are any) Hassan is popular as a reformist thinker. Among the clergy and the orthodox, Hassan Farhan al Maliki is deemed a great threat to their status. 

He was recently jailed in Saudi Arabia for his religious views but I believe he has been released. 

In this YouTube video here Hassan Farhan al Maliki explains his library collection on Islam and religion. As you will see he has a sizeable collection of books about the religion. His library books capture over a thousand years of book writing by Arab and other writers.

Hassan’s point here is that he has arranged his library chronologically from the earliest books (2nd century of Islam) until the later period (9th century of islam) and etc. So by reading the books  chronologically according to the centuries in which they were written – regardless of whether they were books on history (tarikh), laws (fiqh), sources (usul), hadith and so Hassan Farhan says you can see how the religion evolved and things got added on as the centuries went by.   

He speaks in Arabic but there are clear English subtitles. The video is just over 12 minutes long and it will be worth your time. 

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