In 2002, I suggested to the UNC Summer Reading Program committee that Michael Sells' Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations be the book assigned to all incoming UNC first-year students. A firestorm of controversy followed, ignited by attacks on UNC from extremist religious groups, politicians, and media outlets. In the end, over 2000 students calmly discussed the book in a single 2-hour discussion session on August 19.
     I have written two short articles on the subject:

The 2002 UNC Summer Reading Program
on the Qur'an:  A National Controversy


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