The Hidden Origins of Islam : New Research into Its Early History
Despite Muhammad's exalted place in Islam, even today there is still surpisingly little actually known about this shadowy figure and the origins of the Qur'an because of an astounding lack of verifiable biographical material. Furthermore, most of the existing biographical traditions that can be used to substantiate the life of Muhammad date to nearly two centuries after his death, a time when a powerful, expansive, and idealized empire had become synonymous with his name and vision - thus resulting in an exaggerated and often artificial characterization of the prophetic figure coupled with many questionable interpretations of the holy book of Islam. On the basis of datable and localizable artifacts from the seventh and eighth centuries of the Christian era, many of the historical developments, misconceptions, and fallacies of Islam can now be seen in a different light. Excavated coins that predate Islam and the old inscription in the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem utilize symbols used in a documented Syrian Arabic theology - a theology with Christian roots. Interpreting traditional contexts of historical evidence and rereading passages of the Qur'an, the researchers in this thought-provoking volume unveil a surprising - and highly unconventional - picture of the very foundations of Islamic religious history.
- Hardback | 405 pages
- 143 x 221 x 30mm | 590g
- 01 Feb 2010
- Prometheus Books
- Amherst, United States
About Karl-Heinz Ohlig
Karl-Heinz Ohlig is professor emeritus of Religious Studies and the History of Christianity at the University of the Saarland, chairman of the Inarah Institute for Research into the Early History of Islam and the Qur'an, and the author of many books including Weltreligion Islam: Eine Einführung (Islam as World Religion: An Introduction). Gerd-R. Puin, a retired research associate at the University of the Saarland, is an expert on the historical orthography of the Qur'an.
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The book is written for one purpose and that is to attack Islam and Muslims as a whole... If someone would like to understand Islam then their are better books other then this... I would suggest anyone who would like to learn about Islam to pick up a translation of the Quran... I would also suggest more then one book as different writers used different words in their translation...show moreby Kamakazy
This work proves that Quran is a situational scripture, not a copy of an eternal tablet in heaven, as stated in Q85:22. This means, the entire Islam is a spoof!show moreby Kapal Kertas