October 2nd, 2012

Иван Дурак

“Die dunklen Anfänge: neue Forschungen zur Entstehung und frühen Geschichte des Islam” (review)


This collection of essays on the obscure early history of Islam and the Quran is not the outcome of a conference or colloquium but of invitations to selected scholars to contribute. Ohlig says in his introduction that the 2 editors only had a general idea of the themes of some of the contributions and no knowledge of their detailed contents. As might be expected, therefore, there are a variety of topics, approaches and methodologies evident in the eleven essays even though they can all be characterised as representing, to different extents, a revisionist point of view on the first two centuries or so of Islam.
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