Did Muhammad Exist?

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Robert Spencer, Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins. Wilmington, ISI Books, 254 pages, about $17 from Barnes or Amazon on line. Now on the shelf at Barnes…

(also at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?p=1884

http://www.teapartynation.com/profiles/blogs/did-muhammad-exist)

Mark Steyn has remarked about the reluctance of publishers to handle controversial material – complaints in Amsterdam halt the presses in New York. And authors disappear as well as their manuscripts. A friend in New York, for example, speculated that Muhammad had symptoms of schizophrenia. The threats that came were so intense that he locked himself in his apartment for three years and used live-in illegals to do his shopping. He also lost his wife…

Spencer argues that the earliest biographical material about Muhammad appeared 125 years after Muhammad’s reported death; one-third of the Qur’an was constructed from pre-Islamic Christian texts and every fifth sentence makes no sense … there also are many words that do not occur in any language; Muslim scholars admit that countless deeds were fabricated; inscriptions on Islam’s Dome of the Rock likely refer to Jesus, and indications are that Arabian leaders fashioned Islam for political purposes. Brutality to Christians was part of Arabic tradition as early as 636.

“Did Muhammad exist? As a prophet of the Arabs who taught a vaguely defined monotheism, he may have existed. But beyond that, his life story is lost in the mists of legend…As the prophet of Islam, who received (or even claimed to receive) the perfect copy of the perfect eternal book from the supreme God, Muhammad almost certainly did not exist. There are too many gaps, too many silences, too many aspects of  the historical record  that simply do not accord, and  cannot be made to accord, with the traditional account…” (p. 214) “…there is compelling reason to conclude that Muhammad the messenger of Allah came into existence only after the Arab empire was firmly entrenched and casting about for a political theology to anchor and unify it.” (p. 215)

Our basic dilemma: One billion people believe in Muhammad as if he did exist and they will be less interested  than Spencer  in asking ‘intellectually honest’ questions. They will also worry less that ‘Jihadists die for a fiction.’”

Also: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/robert-spencers-did-muhammad-exist-a-valuable-read.html


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