Muddle-headed Kay (mhw) wrote,
Muddle-headed Kay
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Is poor exegesis better than none?

I'm currently in the middle of trying to explain to some friends that the recent problems with depictions of the Prophet Mohammed aren't a matter of "Islam being weird", but are related to similar concerns with depictions of living things in Judaism and in Christianity. This is making me feel uncomfortable. With every word I write I'm acutely aware that I don't know enough, that I may be (and probably am) grossly simplifying, using weak reasoning, and so on. But it's the best that I can do.

I have Muslim friends who could almost certainly do a better job than I'm doing, but they're not on LJ, nor am I likely to be able to ask them for better info any time soon. So am I being arrogant in thinking that a little explanation, even if it isn't up to scholarly standards, has to be better than nothing?
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