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Is Muhammad A Title? November 17, 2008

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A German attempt at improving faith relations backfired, with their Muslim scholar ‘s research. He had no doubts at first, but slowly they emerged. He was struck, he says, by the fact that the first coins bearing Muhammad’s name did not appear until the late 7th century — six decades after the religion did. The earliest biography, of which no copies survive, dated from roughly a century after the generally accepted year of his death, 632, and is known only by references to it in much later texts.

He traded ideas with some scholars in Saarbrücken who in recent years have been pushing the idea of Muhammad’s nonexistence. They claim that “Muhammad” wasn’t the name of a person but a title, and that Islam began as a Christian heresy.

Prof. Kalisch didn’t buy all of this. Contributing last year to a book on Islam, he weighed the odds and called Muhammad’s existence “more probable than not.” By early this year, though, his thinking had shifted. “The more I read, the historical person at the root of the whole thing became more and more improbable,” he says.

He has doubts, too, about the Quran. “God doesn’t write books,” Prof.  Muhammad Sven Kalisch, a Muslim convert at 15 and Germany’s first professor of Islamic theology says. T

via Islamic Theologian Says Prophet Muhammad Likely Never Existed – WSJ.com

Scholarly Paper roughly translated by Google into German

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