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Early Islam

A Critical Reconstruction Based on Contemporary Sources

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This successor volume to The Hidden Origins of Islam (edited by Karl-Heinz Ohlig and Gerd-R. Puin) continues the pioneering research begun in the first volume into the earliest development of Islam. Using coins, commemorative building inscriptions, and a rigorous linguistic analysis of the Koran along with Persian and Christian literature from the seventh and eighth centuries--when Islam was in its formative stages--five expert contributors attempt a reconstruction of this critical time period.

Despite the scholarly nature of their work, the implications of their discoveries are startling:

   • Islam originally emerged as a sect of Christianity.
   • Its central theological tenets were influenced by a pre-Nicean, Syrian Christianity.
   • Aramaic, the common language throughout the Near East for many centuries and the language of Syrian Christianity, significantly influenced the Arabic script and vocabulary used in the Koran.
   • Finally, it was not until the end of the eighth and ninth centuries that Islam formed as a separate religion, and the Koran underwent a period of historical development of at least 200 years.

Controversial and highly intriguing, this critical historical analysis reveals the beginning of Islam in a completely new light.


"Despite its scholarly presentation...the explosive nature of its contents is unmistakable: the term 'Muhammad' originally referred to Jesus; early Islam was a variant of Christianity; the 'Ur-Koran' was a Christian book in the Syro-Aramaic language."
--Die Presse (Vienna, Austria)

  • Early Islam by Karl-Heinz Ohlig
  • November 19, 2013
  • Social Science - Islamic Studies
  • Prometheus Books
  • $45.95
  • 9781616148256

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