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Historical research finds two Muhammads

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in response to reader comment: Adding to Dave's argument: Islamic franchiise (lose coalition) serves two negative human needs

Submitted by Dave (United States), Nov 17, 2021 at 15:18

Thanks, Prashant. My main difference here is that you tend to overdraw Muhammad as a religious figure rather than a down-to-earth and canny political strategist. Yes, he used religion, but there is little evidence to support the Koranic portrait of him. Thus, there are two Muhammads: The real one and the Islamic version.
My recommendation: Please read the Shoemaker book, as well as Robert Spencer's "Did Muhammad Exist". Putting the two together will let you see my argument more clearly.

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