A correction

Yesterday I wrote about a talk at Cornell given by Middle East scholar Dr. Yunus Telliel. The report of his talk in the Cornell Sun was confusing, but could have been interpreted to say that Dr. Telliel endorsed the prescience of the Qur’an in predicting scientific advances to come. Telliel wrote me privately and told me this was not the case, and that the unfortunate Cornell Sun article has now been removed from their website. In the interest of accuracy, I asked him to write a correction to my piece, which you can see here. I apologize to the readers and Telliel for implying that he was endorsing superstition. In my defense, I have to say that the Cornell article did imply that, and that I did question its accuracy.

 

12 Comments

  1. Posted February 15, 2018 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you.

  2. George
    Posted February 15, 2018 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Jerry – does this make you afraid of your upcoming profile in The Chicago Maroon?

  3. W.Benson
    Posted February 15, 2018 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the update and correction.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 15, 2018 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Good for you for posting Dr. Telliel’s correction, boss. I withdraw my snarky comment from yesterday.

  5. glen1davidson
    Posted February 15, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Well that’s a relief.

    Since the title made it look like he was undermining such apologetic nonsense, while the text at least suggested that he could be on board with it, I wonder if the title was written by one person and the text by another.

    Glen Davidson

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted February 15, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      I wonder if the title was written by one person and the text by another.

      Journalist, subbie (sub-editor) and section editor? How conventional.
      That is how it used to be done, but the subbies have been undergoing erosion since (my retired journalist friend tells me) the 1970s. Now, for most places, the section editor is disappearing too, leaving only the overall editor.

      • glen1davidson
        Posted February 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

        Interesting.

        I knew that it used to be that the writers weren’t responsible for the titles in print journalism, at least for the most part.

        But in what seemed to be a student paper, I’d really have thought it would be otherwise. Yet the article didn’t deliver on the title, so…

        Glen Davidson

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted February 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

          Journalism – dead tree, online, broadcast – has changed a lot in the last few decades, and particularly in the last decade. Which doesn’t mean that there weren’t good reasons for doing things the old way.
          But, profit margins!

  6. Michael Fisher
    Posted February 15, 2018 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Yunus

    I apologise for my assumptions about your beliefs re science & the Qur’an

    Do you have any recent online material I can read that outlines your research and arguments? All I can find is “LEH” study materials on the position of women in Islam.

    Thank you

  7. Posted February 15, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Well done sir: Hat tip to Jerry.

    I always appreciate when people acknowledge errors and make amends publicly.


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