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Religions do not spring fully fledged from the heads of prophets

Reader comment on item: Uncovering Early Islam
in response to reader comment: Islam's roots.

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), May 24, 2012 at 06:29

Ben, you are very correct.

Even if there was indeed an historical Muhammad and indeed Mecca was such a great center of trade and all, the truth is: "religions do not spring fully fledged from the heads of prophets" (see Patricia Crone) and that it takes a long time for those that follow such religion do define its holy book and its traditions as no books drop from the sky not now and not back then and they are all composed by mere human beings, mistakes and all

Now for those that study the history of religion, Islam included, and looking to answer the question "what really happened" they must remember that what we have in the case of Islam and its history as provided by Muslims that it is no more than salvation history of pious fiction and must keep in mind the fact that "old civilizations are not conjured away" and that what really happened can be uncovered by historians


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