Rethinking Islamic Origins

in Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226471075
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226471099 | DOI:
Rethinking Islamic Origins

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This chapter covers the research and scholarship that has widened the understanding of Islamic origins and has presented responsible scholars with new conceptual tools to revisit old problems. Early orientalists, even as early as Abraham Geiger, did not deny the possible significance of local developments in forming Muhammad's worldview and in shaping the future course of Islam. The receptivity of Islamic revisionism appeared inversely proportionate to the bold conviction with which the revisionists argue their case. Despite its critics, revisionist scholarship remained part of the larger Western project on Islamic origins. The chapter then addresses the various approaches employed by modern Western scholars to interpret what may be described broadly as the evolution of the nascent Islamic state, which begins with the community of the Prophet. The Qur'an declared that Jewish sources contain irrefutable proof of the Prophet's future mission and of the triumph of Islam.

Keywords: Islamic origins; Abraham Geiger; Muhammad; Islam; Islamic revisionism; Qur'an; Prophet

Chapter.  15119 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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