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Are jihadists dying for a fiction? Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change.

Did Muhammad exist?

It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. Virtually everyone, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, takes for granted that the prophet of Islam lived and led in seventh-century Arabia.

But this widely accepted story begins to crumble on close examination, as Robert Spencer shows in his eye-opening new book.

In his blockbuster bestseller The Truth about Muhammad, Spencer revealed the shocking contents of the earliest Islamic biographical material about the prophet of Islam. Now, in Did Muhammad Exist?, he uncovers that material’s surprisingly shaky historical foundations. Spencer meticulously examines historical records, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship to reconstruct what we can know about Muhammad, the Qur’an, and the early days of Islam. The evidence he presents challenges the most fundamental assumptions about Islam’s origins.

Did Muhammad Exist? reveals: •How the earliest biographical material about Muhammad dates from at least 125 years after his reported death

•How six decades passed before the Arabian conquerors—or the people they conquered—even mentioned Muhammad, the Qur’an, or Islam

•The startling evidence that the Qur’an was constructed from existing materials—including pre-Islamic Christian texts

•How even Muslim scholars acknowledge that countless reports of Muhammad’s deeds were fabricated

•Why a famous mosque inscription may refer not to Muhammad but, astonishingly, to Jesus

•How the oldest records referring to a man named Muhammad bear little resemblance to the now-standard Islamic account of the life of the prophet

•The many indications that Arabian leaders fashioned Islam for political reasons

Far from an anti-Islamic polemic, Did Muhammad Exist? is a sober but unflinching look at the origins of one of the world’s major religions. While Judaism and Christianity have been subjected to searching historical criticism for more than two centuries, Islam has never received the same treatment on any significant scale.

The real story of Muhammad and early Islam has long remained in the shadows. Robert Spencer brings it into the light at long last.

Synopsis:

Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change

 

This stunning book uncovers provocative evidence that forces us to ask: Did Muhammad, Islams founding prophet, even exist?

 

It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. But the widely accepted story of Islams origins begins to crumble on close examination.

 

In Did Muhammad Exist? bestselling author Robert Spencer brings to early Islam the same level of probing historical criticism scholars have long applied to Christianity and Judaism. Meticulously examining historical records, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship, Spencer challenges the most fundamental assumptions about Islams origins—raising questions with profound implications for our world today.

 

Synopsis:

Are jihadists dying for a fiction? Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change.
In Did Muhammad Exist? best-selling author Robert Spencer meticulously examines historical records, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship to reconstruct what can be known about Muhammad, the Qur’an, and the early days of Islam. He uncovers evidence that calls into question fundamental assumptions made even by non-Muslims. Did Muhammad Exist? reveals: 
  • The earliest biographical material about Muhammad dates from 150 years after the traditional date of his death.
  • Neither the Arab conquerors of the seventh century nor the people they conquered made any mention of Muhammad, the Qur’an, or Islam for fully six decades.
  • Recent scholarship indicating that the Qur’an was constructed from existing materials—including a pre-Islamic Christian text.
  • Numerous archaeological indications that Islam as a religion was fashioned for political reasons.
Far from an anti-Islamic polemic, Did Muhammad Exist? is a sober and unflinching look at the origins of one of the world’s major religions. While Judaism and Christianity have been subjected to searching historical criticism for more than two centuries, Islam has, astonishingly, never received the same treatment on any significant scale. In bringing to light the latest scholarship on Muhammad and Islam, Robert Spencer raises questions of global consequence.
 

 

About the Author

Robert Spencer is the New York Times best-selling author of such books as Religion of Peace? and The Truth About Muhammad. He holds a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth since 1980.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781610170611
Author:
Spencer, Robert
Publisher:
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
Islam -- History.
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change

 

This stunning book uncovers provocative evidence that forces us to ask: Did Muhammad, Islams founding prophet, even exist?

 

It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. But the widely accepted story of Islams origins begins to crumble on close examination.

 

In Did Muhammad Exist? bestselling author Robert Spencer brings to early Islam the same level of probing historical criticism scholars have long applied to Christianity and Judaism. Meticulously examining historical records, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship, Spencer challenges the most fundamental assumptions about Islams origins—raising questions with profound implications for our world today.

 

"Synopsis" by , Are jihadists dying for a fiction? Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change.
In Did Muhammad Exist? best-selling author Robert Spencer meticulously examines historical records, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship to reconstruct what can be known about Muhammad, the Qur’an, and the early days of Islam. He uncovers evidence that calls into question fundamental assumptions made even by non-Muslims. Did Muhammad Exist? reveals: 
  • The earliest biographical material about Muhammad dates from 150 years after the traditional date of his death.
  • Neither the Arab conquerors of the seventh century nor the people they conquered made any mention of Muhammad, the Qur’an, or Islam for fully six decades.
  • Recent scholarship indicating that the Qur’an was constructed from existing materials—including a pre-Islamic Christian text.
  • Numerous archaeological indications that Islam as a religion was fashioned for political reasons.
Far from an anti-Islamic polemic, Did Muhammad Exist? is a sober and unflinching look at the origins of one of the world’s major religions. While Judaism and Christianity have been subjected to searching historical criticism for more than two centuries, Islam has, astonishingly, never received the same treatment on any significant scale. In bringing to light the latest scholarship on Muhammad and Islam, Robert Spencer raises questions of global consequence.
 

 

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