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Remembering John Wansbrough

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Submitted by dhimmi no more, May 4, 2019 at 14:26

Dr Pipes,

I highly doubt that John Wansbrough would have been able to get his great work (Quranic Studies and Sectarian Milieu) published today.

And Patricia Crone's great work "Meccan Trade" would not have been published today.

Oh, Henri Lammens? He is the one that was able to prove that there is nothing historical about Muhammad's Sira and that the Sira and the Ahadith were written to explain the confused and confusing Qur'an.

As for the great works by German historians, with regard to Islam, are not read anymore. Yes it could be because of the hegemony of the English language in the study of Islam. But again it could be because most of their work about Islam is not politically correct.

It is most shocking that many of today's "Qur'an experts" have no command of the languages of the Qur'an: Arabic, Syriac and Hebrew. Yes Syriac and Hebrew not just Arabic and you read it correctly!

But again, great civilizations shrivel and die when critical thinking is gone and is replaced by political correctness and "group think"


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Gasping for Air [884 words]Reno DenoMay 3, 2019 01:26249695
1Remembering John Wansbrough [178 words]dhimmi no moreMay 4, 2019 14:26249695
Exactly the reason why many people don't trust academia. [58 words]DongMay 1, 2019 20:57249669
1I Want Constantinople Back [2 words]David RyanMay 1, 2019 17:39249660
2An opportunity for swashbuckling researchers [153 words]DaveMay 1, 2019 13:43249653

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