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Blood of the Moon

The Roots of the Middle East Crisis

by Dr. George Grant
Publisher: Wolgemuth and Hyatt
Trade Paperback, 135 pages
Current Retail Price: $13.99

From the training and armament of Taliban forces to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan, to Desert Storm and the present war in Iraq, the United States military has played an active part in the Arab-Muslim world during the last thirty years. Some of that involvement has had unforeseen consequences (for instance, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were both originally aided by the U. S. for their resistance to Communist attack). For those who know their history, however, these consequences have not been surprising.

George Grant wrote The Blood of the Moon during George H.W. Bush's administration; consequently, many of his then-contemporary illustrations and examples seem out-of-date and irrelevant. Because the book pre-dates the 9/11 attack and the downfall of Saddam Hussein, many current concerns are not addressed. However, a careful reading will reveal the timeliness of the book and its message—one that is possibly more relevant now than it was twenty years ago.

Grant traces the Middle East crisis back to its earliest roots, outlining its Biblical and historical foundations. By doing so, he points out the futility of attempting to solve the problem by outside help or force. The Arabs have always been fighting, he says, because God put their forefather Ishmael under a curse because of his attitude toward Isaac, who was God's elect. The conflict in the Middle East is not primarily military or economic, but spiritual and idealistic; until (and we don't mean unless) God turns the hearts of the Muslim nations to Himself, they will continue to fight each other and the rest of the world.

It's been 20 years since the first Gulf War, but little has changed. Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden have been ousted, but their followers haven't ended the chaos and destruction. The United States continues to view itself as a liberator and defender of freedom, completely ignoring the millennia-long history of violence in the Middle East and replacing any biblical hope of spiritual redemption with a humanistic confidence in the power of democracy. Muslim radicals continue to pursue Ji'had (holy war) against the "infidels" (non-Muslims). Neither side is willing (or able) to see the other's point of view.

This book was originally written as a sort of "current events" primer on the Middle East, but its present degree of relevance is actually quite frightening. Since parts of it are out-of-date, we offer this book hoping it may shed some much-needed, balanced light on a difficult contemporary issue.

Disclaimer:

The quotation of the Koran from which Grant takes his title is not in any of the standard translations, at least not under the citation he offers (9:112). Interestingly, all the other Koran citations in the book appear to be accurate. The misquote may be due to a corrupted translation or a non-standard text; we don't believe this "mistake" warrants a dismissal of Grant's entire message.

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  Blood of the Moon
Jenn of Florida, 10/17/2008
After reading this book, I am disappointed to know that the Koranic quotes are incorrect. These incorrectly translated quotes such as At Tauba (Sura 9:112) Grant gives this strangely corrupted translation: "Allah has bought from the Umma—the true believers of Islam—their selves and their substance in return for Paradise; they fight in the way of Allah, killing and being killed. Their promise is written in the blood of the moon."
—From the Koran, chapter 9, verse 112." (Grant's translation)

These incorrect and corrupted translations of the Koran discredit Mr. Grant's book greatly. I have not read any such verse in any Koran that is translated to say that in English, I'm sorry to say. I am a speaker of Arabic. Misquoting and giving corrupted translations of the Koran only serves to discredit the author and therefore does not give his book much validity or respect.

I urge any reader of this book to go to their local library or large bookstore and find several different Korans (Qu'rans) and look up chapter 9, verse 112 and see just how different the verses are in the Koran than what you see in Mr. Grant's book. This is a poor book to use as a reliable reference on the Koran, Muslims or the Middle East and shows bias and contempt for Muslims, in my personal opinion. May we all strive for peace in the world.

The correct translation of sura 9, verse 112 is as follows:

9.112

YUSUFALI: Those that turn (to Allah) in repentance; that serve Him, and praise Him; that wander in devotion to the cause of Allah,: that bow down and prostrate themselves in prayer; that enjoin good and forbid evil; and observe the limit set by Allah;- (These do rejoice). So proclaim the glad tidings to the Believers.

PICKTHAL: (Triumphant) are those who turn repentant (to Allah), those who serve (Him), those who praise (Him), those who fast, those who bow down, those who fall prostrate (in worship), those who enjoin the right and who forbid the wrong and those who keep the limits (ordained) of Allah - And give glad tidings to believers!

SHAKIR: They who turn (to Allah), who serve (Him), who praise (Him), who fast, who bow down, who prostrate themselves, who enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, and who keep the limits of Allah; and give good news to the believers.

There are 3 different Koranic translations by 3 different Arabic speakers. Not one verse mentions the moon or blood in the Arabic form or English form. Please be careful when reading these kinds of books and check your sources.
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