education, history, religion

How Islam Began

Fred Donner @ the University of Chicago

In recent decades there has been much scholarly debate over Islam’s origins. The traditional Muslim view has increasingly been found inadequate, but critical scholarship has not been able to reach a consensus on how Islam arose. The present talk surveys the issues at stake and a number of interpretations that have been recently proposed to understand just what happened at the origins of Islam 14 centuries ago.

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