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This is a controversial study of the origins of Islamic civilisation that examines non-Muslim sources that point out an intimate link between the Jewish religion and the earliest forms of Islam. This book is for teachers and students of Middle Cronf and Islamic studies. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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If you are a seller for this product, would you crobe to suggest updates through seller support? This is a controversial study of hagarusm origins of Islamic civilisation, first published in By examining non-Muslim sources, the authors point out the intimate link between the Jewish religion and the earliest forms of Islam.

As a serious, scholarly attempt to open up a new, exploratory path of Islamic history, the book has already engendered much debate. This paperback edition will make the authors’ conclusions widely accessible to teachers and hagsrism of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. Read more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Hidden Origins of Islam: New Research into Its Early History. Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam.

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Showing of 10 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Crlne Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Too bad it’s out of print hagaris, ridiculously This book is awesome. Cook and Crone was part of my outro-justification from ‘later Hagarism’ in to the wide world of ridda and the dar al-harb, and gagarism baptism in to historical criticism in any and all of its forms and uses, though rarely have I seen such croe sharp razor applied so thoroughly.

It may be inaccurate in some details, with an overly-broad mandate which is nevertheless still overreached by authors jubilant to be breaking new ground after eight centuries of Western study from the first translation of the Qur’an in to a Western language – the 12th crpne.

This was the first heave pulling the birth of Hagarism early ‘Islamic’ religion, a precursor to what would become the Islam of the Caliphates in the th 8thth centuries, in to the often-touted heretofore, incorrectly so ‘full light of history’, concluding, ‘ Thus, Islamic “history” [as it has come down to us in the documents we have is] almost completely a later literary reconstruction, which evolved out of an environment of competing Jewish and Christian sects.

May many read this book and of the many, may a few be called and raised up as new Crones, Hagarims, and Wansbroughs, to carry on the work valiantly commenced herein. The Making of the Islamic World, Michael Cook and Patricia Crone provide an alternative interpretation of the rise of Islam and the circumstances leading to it.


In doing so, they have attracted some controversy due to their methodology, and the conclusions that flow from this.

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Their basic premise is that crohe scepticism: The traditional Islamic sources cannot be trusted, and early Islamic history has to be rewritten from to other sources. To this end, the authors have researched quite extensively on the topic, as indicated by the fact that of the pages comprising the book, 75 pages are dedicated to endnotes, and 22 pages are dedicated to the bibliography. The main text of the book is comprised of fourteen chapters that are divided neatly into three main parts: It is here that the authors present their thesis that there are no cogent grounds for accepting the historicity of the Islamic tradition, and that because of the unreliability of these traditions, it is necessary to step outside of them and start over with non-Islamic sources, such as the writings of Jews and Christians living around the time of the conquests pg.

What is notable here is that the Jews and Arabs are presented as having a close kinship and are not yet regarded as having two distinct religions. However, due to danger of being assimilated into Christianity, they hagqrism to create an autonomous religion of Abraham with its own scripture and prophet. These two chapters are frone survey of the near eastern world prior to the rise of Islam, including the various cultural, philosophical religious aspects of the lands that would eventually become part of the Islamic world.

These two chapters serve to provide a brief background on these lands and their intellectual and religious climates prior to the Islamic conquest. Part two is relatively straightforward and uncomplicated, although it is not always clear how some of the ideas connect to the making of the Islamic world.

This is a fascinating section of the book, as it depicts the struggles that took place and continue to take place within the Muslim world over what to do with the pre-existing ideas that were present in the lands they hqgarism.

A wide variety of results come about, which range from an outright rejection of certain pre-Islamic ideas to an absorption of others into Islamic thought as seen for example in the case of Iranian political ideas. Of the three parts that comprise the book, it is the first part that receives the most attention and controversy from reviewers of the book.

However, there is always the risk of placing too much emphasis upon influences from earlier sources, which makes it seem that Islam is nothing more than a mixture of old ideas, and has not contributed anything original. After all, when ideas from different places are brought together, new doctrines and practices must necessarily be developed to hold all of these beliefs together.

Furthermore, it must be admitted that something original whatever it may have been must have developed in the Arabian peninsula; something which would meld with existing ideas to form Islam as it is known today.

Their rationale for rejecting the Islamic sources is that they come in during the eight century, at a time when religious ideas are emerging in the Islamic world which required historical sources to buttress them.

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Hence they hagatism biased towards ideas that developed after the events described cf. However, this explanation does not take into account two facts: These are hardly the kinds of traditions that would be created in an atmosphere that required traditions that can crrone justify existing viewpoints over and against other views. Furthermore, it is interesting to note hagarusm kinds of sources that they do prefer. That being said, however, it must be remembered that these are sources written by outsiders peering in, which will always inevitably introduce a level of misapprehension of what exactly is going on.


Also, while the authors may claim bias for the Islamic sources, this is true of all documents, including the non-Muslim sources that the authors rely so heavily upon. For this reason, it is necessary to balance out what the Jews, Christians and Pagans have to say about early Islam ctone what the early Muslims have to say about themselves. True, most of these narratives do not crystallize until at least the eighth centuries.

However, the Islamic tradition has ways of preserving what was passed on from previous generations, and whatever flaws these systems may have, they are to a certain degree effective in ensuring that genuine traditions get passed on. Overall, Hagarism provides an interesting albeit somewhat skewed interpretation of the events surrounding the making of the Islamic world. Granted, the conclusions of this book are also totally unacceptable to any Muslim who values their traditions and beliefs.

Also, there are few historians who would accept their thesis today, and even the authors themselves have had to revise their views in later years as new research becomes available. Nonetheless, this book is good to read in order to get a glimpse of hagraism chapter in the development of Islamic historiography.

Also, the authors are evidently well acquainted with the relevant works that were available at that crons, as evidenced by the extensive bibliography and hagarrism in the book. It is always crine in determining what primary sources to use in studying early Islamic history.

It crrone just be remembered that one need not hagariism with Cook and Crone in their analysis of the aforementioned primary sources. Finally, there has been much development in the area of historiography in the three and a half decades that have elapsed since the publication of this work, and it would be helpful to balance this work out against more recent publications that deal with the same areas, as such publications would have more up to date research and are built upon the foundations laid by earlier works in the field.

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