By Robert Spencer

Are jihadists loss of life for a fiction? every thing you proposal you knew approximately Islam is set to change.

Did Muhammad exist?

It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. nearly every person, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, takes without any consideration that the prophet of Islam lived and led in seventh-century Arabia.

But this largely authorised tale starts to collapse on shut exam, as Robert Spencer exhibits in his eye-opening new book.

In his blockbuster bestseller The fact approximately Muhammad, Spencer printed the surprising contents of the earliest Islamic biographical fabric in regards to the prophet of Islam. Now, in Did Muhammad Exist?, he uncovers that material's unusually shaky ancient foundations. Spencer meticulously examines ancient files, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship to reconstruct what we will learn about Muhammad, the Qur'an, and the early days of Islam. The facts he provides demanding situations the main basic assumptions approximately Islam's origins.

Did Muhammad Exist? reveals:
• How the earliest biographical fabric approximately Muhammad dates from a minimum of a hundred twenty five years after his said death
• How six a long time handed sooner than the Arabian conquerors—or the folks they conquered—even pointed out Muhammad, the Qur'an, or Islam
• The startling proof that the Qur'an was once produced from current materials—including pre-Islamic Christian texts
• How even Muslim students recognize that numerous experiences of Muhammad's deeds have been fabricated
• Why a well-known mosque inscription may well refer to not Muhammad yet, astonishingly, to Jesus
• How the oldest documents concerning a guy named Muhammad endure little resemblance to the now-standard Islamic account of the lifetime of the prophet
• the various symptoms that Arabian leaders shaped Islam for political reasons

Far from an anti-Islamic polemic, Did Muhammad Exist? is a sober yet unflinching examine the origins of 1 of the world's significant religions. whereas Judaism and Christianity were subjected to looking out ancient feedback for greater than centuries, Islam hasn't ever obtained a similar therapy on any major scale.

The genuine tale of Muhammad and early Islam has lengthy remained within the shadows. Robert Spencer brings it into the sunshine in the end.

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If today’s moderates stray too far from a literal reading of the sacred book (including its ferocity toward unbelievers), they risk being accused of trying to revive a longdiscredited way of thinking. Some Muslims have tried in other ways to soften the harshness of certain Qur’anic verses. The Turkish Muslim apologist Adnan Oktar, who writes under the biblically inspired nom de plume Harun Yahya (Aaron John), doesn’t take the bellicose pronouncements as a direct call to arms for today. Working within the bounds of a literal reading of the Qur’an, he has tried to construct an Islamic answer to violence and terrorism on the basis of this verse: IS ISLAM A RELIGION OF PEACE?

In fact, Muslim tradition goes even further, holding that the Qur’an is eternal and uncreated, and that it resided in heaven with Allah before he began to reveal it to Muhammad. Because it is considered to be Allah’s actual speech in its “precise wording,” traditionally minded Muslims even frown on translations of the Qur’an (although such translations nonetheless proliferate). Allah revealed the Qur’an in Arabic, and its Arabic language is part of its perfection: “We have revealed the Koran in the Arabic tongue so that you may grow in understanding” (Sura :).

66 By this a Christian’s or Jew’s testimony was, at the least, devalued. Even in our own day, Christians in Sudan, Pakistan and other Muslim lands have lost their lives for blaspheming the prophet Muhammad, on the basis of accusations which they could not defend against. For instance, Pakistan’s blasphemy law is, in effect, a declaration of open season against Christians: “Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad .

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