En lokal domstol i Russland har stemplet en Koran-oversettelse som værende i strid med en lov som forbyr ekstremistlitteratur. Skulle kjennelsen bli stående vil den gjelde hele Russland. Russiske imamer advarer myndighetene mot konsekvensene.

Det er snakk om en seriøs oversettelse av Koranen, en av fire på det russiske markedet.

Hvis kjennelsen blir stående må alle eksemplarer av oversettelsen destrueres.


A lawyer representing the text’s author, Azeri theologian Elmir Kuliyev, said he will appeal the ruling, which calls for the text to be banned and copies of it «destroyed».

«This is pure idiocy. Some local prosecutor sent this material to a local court and they together decided to ban a holy book,» lawyer Murat Musayev, who has one month to appeal the ruling, told Reuters.

«On the one hand there is freedom of religion in Russia, on the other they are banning fundamental religious texts.»

Experts say the more than decade-old translation by Kuliyev is a respected scholarly work, one of four translations of the Koran into Russian.

«This is one step away from banning the Koran,» said Akhmed Yarlikapov, an expert on Islam with the Russian Academy of Sciences.

«This is a very high quality translation,» he said. «The banning of Kuliyev’s translation is utterly unprofessional, you could ban the Bible just as easily because it also has passages that talk about the spilling of blooSd.»

Rådet av imamer advarer myndighetene. De trekker en parallell til bråket rund pastor Terry Jones i Florida som kunngjorde at han ville brenne Koranen. Man skulle også kunne si at imamene truer.


Russia’s Council of Muftis sounded the alarm in an open letter on Friday to President Vladimir Putin, who has frequently called for unity among the leading faiths and warned that ethnic tension could tear Russia apart.

«Russian Muslims are very strongly indignant over such an outrageous decision,» Rushan Abbyasov, the deputy head of the council, which has close ties with the Kremlin, told Reuters.

If the ruling is acted on, the cleric warned: «There will be unrest … not only in Russia but all over the world, we are talking about the destruction of the Koran.»

In the letter to Putin, the council drew a parallel with violence in the Middle East and Afghanistanover the actions of an American pastor, Terry Jones, who threatened to burn the Koran on September 11, 2010.

«Is it necessary to discuss how the destruction of books, especially sacred religious books, has been received in Russia in the past?» it said.

«We recall how the burning of just a few copies of the Holy Koran by a crazy American pastor elicited a firm protest not just from Russian Muslims but from our entire society, in solidarity with the stormy and longlasting anger of the global Muslim community and all people of goodwill,» it said.


Spørsmålet er om kjennelsen ved den lokale domstolen var et arbeidsuhell. Det får vi trolig svar på når anken behandles. I Putins Russland tas ikke så viktige avgjørelser uten klarsignal fra toppen. Skulle anken bli opprettholdt vil det signalisere at Putin ønsker å fremstå som kristenhetens forsvarer mot islam. Det er de som sier at slike motiv spiller med ved hans ageren i Syria.