Islam – Prehistory, Myths & Present (V)

#Islam : Who And What Had Inspired The Prophet … ? It has been recently reported from Birmingham that fragments of a handwritten Quran has been found which predates Muhammad. It was bound in a later copy of regular Quran. The discovery upsets the entire thesis built around this supposed ‘revelation’ that, it is said, was orally communicated over a couple of centuries before being put to written form.

All of that is now in question. What is more, it even raises a doubt about the historicity of Muhammad, the person…

Truth Within, Shines Without

Major tribes Arabia at the dawn of Islam. Major tribes Arabia at the dawn of Islam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Who And What Had Inspired The Prophet … ?

Any transformation needs a measure of introspection, a degree of witnessing and due deliberation before and after the “A-Ha” moment. So too, Muhammad’s revelation is less about ‘magic’ and supernatural, and more of a realisation and a vision of the way forward from where the world was. It needs to be recalled that the Arab Muslim emergence did not happen in vacuum. The path of Islam did not drop out of nothing in the 7th Century, with the rise of an ambitious, middle-aged, epileptic man who declared himself to be a prophet. The development requires to be seen along a series, before and after.

Close to the Prophet epoch, we have Mazdak, a Persian reformer and religious activist who died c. 524 or 528, Very much in…

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