we have to be prepared to face the results. It is something I am sure Muslims will not accept.
It is called In the Shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland.
Here is the link to the Guardian's review of it: http://www.guardian....ord-tom-holland
and here is the response of Tom Holland to the review:
In another review (the Telegraph this time) we find a concise summary of the aim of Tom Holland. I quote,
"In that context, Holland focuses on the birth of Islam through the prophet Mohammed in Mecca and Medina (modern-day Saudi Arabia) during the course of the seventh century, as it is told to us by one of Mohammed’s biographers, Ibn Hisham, in the ninth century. The faith of Islam, as Holland points out, is centred on the study and strict observation of both the divine revelations to Mohammed (the Koran), and how Mohammed acted during his lifetime (the Hadith and the Sunna).Yet, echoing what many (mostly non-Muslim) scholars have queried before, Holland points to the historical problem of the evidence: before 800AD, almost 200 years after Mohammed’s death in 632AD, the only “traces we possess” for the development of Islam “are either the barest shreds of shreds, or else the delusory shimmering of mirages”.
The task Holland sets himself is to ask what can be done about that gap. His answer is to approach it from the opposite direction: to approach the origins of Islam from its recent past, from the world of fifth to seventh century late antiquity. “Is it possible,” he asks, “that Islam, far from originating outside the mainstream of ancient civilisation, was in truth a religion in the grand tradition of Judaism and Christianity – one bred of the very marrow of late antiquity?”
Beware! Makes fascinating but disturbing reading. Those who wish to open the can of worms of understanding Islam only vis-a-vis Tarikh beware!
Actually, what is required is for an academic Muslim historian or scholar to answer these latest, bold, claims in an academic manner (if they can).
Here is the link:
Any comments? Will our scholars be able to respond in an academic manner