In what is being called an “unprecedented project,” Finland's national public-broadcaster, Yle, announced a series based on the holy book of Islam, the Quran.
The reading will be divided into 60 half-hour segments, including discussions and interpretation of each part by Imam AnasHajjar, a leader of the Finnish Muslim community, and Professor JaakkoHämeen-Anttila, who will translate the text into Finnish.
The one-of-a-kind project is "intended to increase people's knowledge of the Quran and Muslim culture in Finland", according to Yle.
"It is important that the Quran is read in its entirety, and not just select items that show that Islam is bad and violent or good and beautiful," says Hameen-Anttila. "All of the text material is served up for the listener to assess."
Although Imam AnasHajjar doesn’t think the initiative should prompt any kind of controversy, the Finnish public radio is still working on getting the approval of all prominent and influential representatives of Islam.
“The program is an important step in understanding one another. It is an attempt to tell the story of the Quran and what it contains,” he said.
According to recent statistics, around 42,000 Muslims live in Finland.