When Barbary was capturing and ransoming American citizens, or else selling them into slavery, and a substantial portion of the federal treasury was going to either pay ransom or else to pay “tribute” (aka bribery to the pirates to not attack and plunder ships flying our flag), Jefferson oversaw a huge national effort to have issues of the Koran published and widely read, that Americans would better know and appropriately fear the enemies of our country. Not selected excerpts.
The whole book.
Jefferson had confidence in the American citizen being able to recognize the threat therein to freedom and liberty.
That was when he launched his campaign to finance a federal navy. “Millions for defense. Not ONE cent for tribute.”
Laughable that revisionist history is now painting a picture that the Koran among Jefferson’s personal effects after he died was there because he”valued” the book. It was there because he saw it as a danger to America and so kept it.