Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Qur'an desecrated in India

The Muslim community in a town in north India is on edge after discovering a desecrated Qur'an, according to Thaindian News:

Members of the Muslim community took to the streets and blocked traffic in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district after a half-burnt and torn copy of the Quran was found, the police said Thursday.

The holy book was found torn and its pages burnt near the Chhoti Masjid in the Khwajkhan locality in Jaayas town Wednesday night, police added. ...

Protesters blocked roads, disrupting traffic in various parts of Jaayas, about 90 km from here [Lucknow]. The police are yet to make any arrest in the case.

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