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the name of a prophet is what he preferred according to John J. Collins
originally posted by: IsidoreOfSeville
a reply to: BELIEVERpriest
ATSers are so convinced there's a conspiracy everywhere, even when there is none. I could try and convince anyone on here, and yet get told I'm wrong because yada yada yada.
There is absolutely no link to Catholicism and the Quran. If you'd like, you can read up on it here. It's a great argument and probably a better one that I could verbalize. But I'm sure somebody here will deny it because they yearn for a truth that "tickles their ears."
I can't convince anyone of something they refuse to believe. Sometimes the truth is way simpler than an imagined conspiracy; anticlimactic even.
So, in short, sorry for lack of an argument in my original response.
originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: TheChrome
Not sure if it antedates Islam, technically; it seems to be roughly contemporary with Muhammad. But it is older than the supposed compilation of the Qur'an from collected sources after the Prophet's death.
This is a document both exciting and ambiguous. It doesn't discredit the Muslim story of the origins of the faith. It does, however, show that some Arab speakers, at least, were educated and cultured even in the seventh century -- contrary to the way they are portrayed in the holy book.