The Hidden Origins of Islam: New Research into Its Early History (Hardback)
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The Hidden Origins of Islam: New Research into Its Early History (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 30/07/2009
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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.

Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 9781591026341

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The previous reviewer (Usman Bashir) has not even read the book, and he gives it a one star! It is out on 16/03/2010 but he gives a review on the 27/08/2009! Read the book if you fancy it but don't give a review... More

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16th February 2010
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“The Hidden Origins of Islam”

A complete waste of time, this book is a complete farce. A work of fantasy lacking in any substance, which mocks the readers intelligence.

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27th August 2009
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