For those who read the Quran in Arabic, the video's message comes as no surprise, but the beauty and eloquence in it make it a must watch even if you already know every word in the Quran. It is a great resource to share with friends and family, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Lesley Hazleton is an American British writer, psychologist and reporter with a 13 year experience in Jerusalem (from 1966 to 1979). She is admittedly an agnostic Jew with affinity to learn about religion, and dislike of organized religion. She is currently working on a biography of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. I will forward to reading than in 2012 when it is scheduled for release.
The video is not just extremely informative, but is very witty and humorous. It is a packed and very enjoyable 9-minute experience.
I hope you enjoyed the video, and please share it widely. It says "... that need to be much more widely known, especially at this point in time." as the speaker has said.
- YouTube - TEDxRainier - Lesley Hazleton
- Lesley Hazleton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- The Accidental Theologist
- On Reading the Qur’an: Hazleton
I first found about the video on Juan Cole's Informed Comment great website. Juan Cole is a Political Science professor in the University of Michigan who is an expert on the Middle East and Iran. His website is a great source of information and analysis of what is going on in the Middle East, and the US foreign policy there.