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Paulo Coelho defends Quran as 'book that changed the world'

Internationally bestselling author Paulo Coelho has publicly defended Islam on Facebook

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Internationally bestselling author Paulo Coelho has publicly defended Islam and the religion’s holy book, the Quran, on his official Facebook page.

Earlier this month Brazilian author, Coelho, posted an image of the Quran on his Facebook page with the caption ‘Exhibition “Books that changed the world,” which received major attention on the social network, gaining over 36,000 likes and more than 3000 shares.

Exhibition "Books that changed the world"

Posted by Paulo Coelho on Saturday, 8 August 2015

However one Facebook user, under the name Hiba B Dakkak, commented “Really!!! This book is the source of violence and murder.”

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Which Coelho replied to, saying “Not true. I am Christian, and for centuries we tried to imposed our religion by the force of the sword - check ‘cruzades’ in the dictionary” in defense of Islam “We murdered women - calling them witches, and we tried to stop science - like in the case of Galileu Galilei. So, it is not to blame a religion, but how people manipulate it.”

His reply to the comment received more than 5,000 likes on Facebook.