The Yemeni Qur’an
A copy of the Qur’an from the time of Mohammed is discovered in the Great Mosque of Sana’a, in Yemen. This Qur’an differs from the one in modern use, and by its very existence, calls into question the entire history of Islam. Fearing the impact this document would have on the growing Muslim empire, Mohammed’s third successor, Uthman, had ordered all copies of it destroyed 1400 years ago. But this one has escaped the flames.
As fantastic as this concept may seem, the story is based on an actual discovery, and everything stated in the previous paragraph is true, including the danger this document poses to Islam.
The chapters of The Yemeni Qur’an alternate between the seventh century story of the early Islamic community and a conspiracy in modern times. The ancient story is fully in accord with the early Islamic histories, which are amazingly detailed and colorful.
The modern story begins with the discovery of the lost copy of the Qur’an. When the National Security Agency learns of the existence of the document, their analysts, aware of the document’s history, realize that modern Muslim leaders will fear it’s existence as much as did Uthman. The directors of the CIA and NSA believe that broad release of this ancient Qur’an on the Internet could work to slowly undermine Islamic radicalism, and a CIA agent is sent to Yemen to ensure the safety of the document and of its discoverer, a young Muslim archaeologist.
Word of the discovery unexpectedly reaches the Al-Yemeni Brigade of al-Qaeda, who recognize the danger posed by the document and want it destroyed at any cost.
The Yemeni Qur’an is built upon extensive research, and is replete with footnotes, per BeauSeigneur’s signature style.