- Hardcover: 405 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1St Edition edition (July 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591026342
- ISBN-13: 978-1591026341
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
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The Hidden Origins of Islam: New Research into Its Early History Hardcover – July 30, 2009
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About the Author
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, in conclusion, is extremely good , and it took the prospective that Muhammad didn't exist. but as I said , it need to answer some question before going further with the theory
Let me first establish the contrast between "traditional Islamic history" and the facts as they appear on the ground.
In "traditional Islamic history," the Khalif Mu'awiyya fought big battles for Islam, and so did his three followers: Abd-el Malik and the rest.
Unfortunately, "traditional Islamic history" appears to be a special kind of fiction, because the coins and inscriptions found on the ground make it quite obvious that Mu'awiyya and his three successors had never heard of Muhammad, the Koran, Islam, or the word "Khalif" = "ruler."
What is even worse, they were all Christians!
Of course, the history of Arab Christianity -- although quite long and interesting -- is not something that modern Muslims like to deal with. On the contrary, as in Egypt, they have implemented stringent controls over education, which forbid the teaching of pre-Islamic Egyptian history, which to my mind was much more interesting than the "post-Islamic" history.
As a result of this explosive book, we have to face the possibility that Muhammad never existed, that the Koran was pasted together from Syric-Aramaic Christian sources, and that the whole thing was a bundle of bushwah created to defend the now "Islamic" empire.
I don't think you need me to tell you that Muslims will not be "happy" about this book. And I am not qualified to see where all this will go (not being an expert in the partitive gerundial in Syriac.)
I would also warn you that this book is Hard. Probably not for beginners.
One interesting fact: the collapse of the Sassanian dynasty led to the collapse of Zoroastrianism in Iran. The living religions were Nestorian Christianity and a lot of Buddhism in Eastern Iran.
As far as the general reader goes, information in many of the chapters is presented in a manner that makes it relatively easy for the layman to understand. However, a few chapters are more difficult as they deal with Arabic and linguistics. Overall, though, this book begins to explain the real origins of Islamic writings while eliciting new questions that require additional scholarly research.
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The book doesn't cantain new material; infact the old essays have been rephrased.Read more