As usual, great chapter overview, DWill. We went to my son's baseball tournament over the weekend and I read all of the Koran chapters. So it's sort of all jumbled together in my mind at the moment.
Like the Bible, the Koran was not assembled in the same chronological order it was written. Wright comments on Muhammad's tendency to vacillate between promoting peace and being intolerant. From "To you your religion and to me my religion" to "When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads . . ."
However, these sporadic shifts in tone begin to make sense when viewed with the facts on the ground. When Muhammad is just an apocalyptic street preacher—his Jesus phase—his message is fairly benign, concerned primarily with pushing monotheism and how the rich treated the poor. Only later when Muhammad gains political power and is at war does his message become more belligerent in tone. As he and his followers are building an empire, the religion is tailored as such.
So my impression of this chapter is that it certainly shows how malleable religious texts can be. That "God" of one religion can suddenly be the same god as the one another culture has been worshiping all along. Of course, I believe Wright argues that Allah was quite possibly the Judeo-Christian god all along. But it's a funny argument when you think about it. Could it be our two gods are the same god? Why, yes they are.