The hidden origins of Islam: new research into its early history

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Prometheus Books, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 405 pages
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Despite Muhammad's exalted place in Islam, even today there is still surprisingly 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.

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Contents

Foreword
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The Early History of Islam Following Inscriptional
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A New Interpretation of the Arabic Inscription in
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