The internet is great, especially since the advent of modern search engines, but what if you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find it? Then you need either a revelation from God or a shortwave radio. You never know what you might stumble upon late at night on an old radio! This appears to be a reading from Ahmed Ali’s translation of the Quran, Sura 6, “The Cattle.” There are a few words missing toward the end, presumably from problems in the recording or the transmission, but otherwise it seems to be a complete reading, delivered in one take.
Here are some links to help contextualize things:
- American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong? (Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times)
- Islam for Americans (Khadija Anderson, qarrtsiluni)
- “You’ve Never Met a Muslim”: Four New Yorkers on what it means to be a Muslim now (Zeba Iqbal, Ameena Meer, Haroon Moghul and Hussein Rashid, Religion Dispatches)
- An American Tune (Teju Cole, Via Negativa guest post)
- Opposition to ‘mosque’ directly linked to anti-Islam sentiment, poll shows (Greg Sargent, The Washington Post)
- If the ‘Mosque’ Isn’t Built, This is No Longer America (Michael Moore)