Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins—Revised and Expanded Edition

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Bombardier Books, Jul 13, 2021 - History - 636 pages

Is there any sound historical evidence that the prophet of Islam actually existed, or is the entire story of Muhammad fable or fiction?

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 as a prophet, as well as a political and military leader, in seventh-century Arabia.

But this widely accepted story begins to crumble on close examination. In his blockbuster New York Times bestseller The Truth about Muhammad, historian and Islam expert Robert Spencer revealed the often shocking contents of Islamic teachings about Muhammad. Now, in this newly revised and expanded version of Did Muhammad Exist?, he lays bare those teachings’ surprisingly shaky historical foundations.

This updated and enlarged version of this acclaimed book examines even more striking and compelling evidence that the story of Muhammad, who for so long was assumed to have lived in the “full light of history,” could be more myth and legend than historical fact.

Spencer meticulously examines historical records and archaeological findings, 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.

 

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

This is a reasonably competent summary of some the recent "higher criticism" approach to Muhammad's life. having read a umber of the books on which it is based, notably Crone's Hagarism, and Mecca, I ... Read full review

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This one of a series of recent books examining the historical basis for the start, and amazing spread, of Islam; if you are firm in your monotheistic faith this is not for you unless you wish that ... Read full review

Contents

The Embarrassment of Muhammad
The Unchanging Quran Changes
Which Quran?
The NonArabic Arabic Quran
What the Quran May Have Been
Who Collected the Quran?
Making Sense of It
Acknowledgments

Switching on the Full Light of History
The Absence of Arabia
Endnotes
Copyright

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Robert Spencer is the bestselling author of The History of Jihad, The Palestinian Delusion, and Rating America’s Presidents. He’s led seminars for the FBI, the US Central Command, US Army Command and General Staff College, the Asymmetric Warfare Group, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

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