By Ibn Warraq
This important anthology of the best critical studies of Muhammad and early Islam ranges from the very beginnings of Islamic Studies in the nineteenth century to contemporary research. Both in his selection of essays and in his introduction, Warraq makes it clear that some very serious scholarly and scientific controversies lie at the heart of Islam. Was the Koran dictated by Muhammad at all? Was it actually compiled earlier than a hundred years after the Prophet's death? How much of Muslim sacred tradition, in the light of objective historical analysis, must be dismissed as unreliable hearsay? These disturbing questions, long suppressed throughout the history of Islamic scholarship, are here raised in these erudite and thoroughly researched essays by noted scholars.