Intifada Farce

In 2002, the German scholar Christoph Luxenberg published a remarkable book entitled, Die Syro-Aramaische Lesart des Koran (sadly available only in German). Among his major claims? That promises made by Islamic Jihadis to would-be suicide bombers of "72 virgins in Paradise" had been based on a mistranslation of the Koran. The proper interpretation? Upon arrival in Paradise, Luxenberg explained, martyrs could expect to be lavished with... "white raisins" of "crystal clarity."

["I wonder if the word 'virgin' is as vague in the Arabic language as it is in Enflish," Don Novello once remarked. "If all it says is '70 dark-eyed virgins,' he could end up with 70 dark-eyed 80-year-old nuns..."]

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