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Urban Fantasy Hero Book of Power: the Blood Qur'an

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The "Blood Qur'an" is a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an, written in the blood of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein over the course of two years in the late 1990s. Saddam commissioned the book in 1997 on his 60th birthday, reportedly to give thanks to God for helping him through many "conspiracies and dangers". He explained his reasons for commissioning the book in a letter published by the Iraqi state media in September 2000: "My life has been full of dangers in which I should have lost a lot of blood ... but since I have bled only a little, I asked somebody to write God's words with my blood in gratitude." After his fall from power in 2003, the Qur'an was removed from public display. It is currently the focus of debate about what to do with it, as its manner of production is regarded as blasphemous but its destruction could also be seen as blasphemous.

 

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Re: Urban Fantasy Hero Book of Power: the Blood Qur'an

 

I had heard rumors of this thing when I was in Desert Storm. Kinda weird to see that it's real.

 

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Re: Urban Fantasy Hero Book of Power: the Blood Qur'an

 

It is currently the focus of debate about what to do with it, as its manner of production is regarded as blasphemous but its destruction could also be seen as blasphemous.

This would make for a very interesting Maguffin in most any genre.

a blasphemous book, written in blood. perhaps it only looks like a qur'an. In the hand of someone of power, it reveals its true nature...

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