Problems in the Koran: Child Marriage (65:4)

Summary The point of this post is to note that the Koran permits the marriage of a man to a pre-pubescent girl. The fact that if the man is considering divorce he must wait three months to see if his wife is pregnant implies that sexual intercourse between the man and the pre-pubescent girl is …

Problems in the Koran: A Chink in the Armor (21:80; 34:10-11)

According to the Koran, Allah taught King David how to make coats of mail (chain mail): It was We Who taught him the making of coats of mail for your benefit, to guard you from each other's violence: will ye then be grateful? (Koran 21:80 Yusuf Ali) We bestowed Grace aforetime on David from ourselves: …

Problems in the Koran: Jesus was Crucified and Killed (2:72-73; 3:54-55; 4:157-158)

Introduction The Koran denies that Jesus was crucified and killed. Jesus' execution is one of the best evidenced events of ancient history and is accepted by all serious historians, whether Christian or non-Christian. The Koran's depiction of Jesus is historically inaccurate on this point. Summary of the Evidence for Jesus' Execution Let me summarize the …

Problems in the Koran: Apocryphal Apings (3:35-55)

Introduction Verses 35-55 of chapter 3 of the Koran contain a narrative primarily about Mary and Jesus. It is a text riddled with historical problems. I will begin this post by interpreting the Koranic passage and noting where it agrees with and differs from earlier traditions. It will be clear that the author of the …

Problems in the Koran: Solomon Did Disbelieve (2:102)

Koran 2:102 claims that King Solomon did not disbelieve: They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon: the blasphemers Were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men Magic, and such things as came down at babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone …