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This is a controversial topic. It's arguable that the Qu'ran is waiting for the equivalent of the 'German Criticism' of the Bible, which started in the 1830's. Historian Tom Holland has addressed some of these issues in his excellent book 'In The Shadow of the Sword.' He argues that there is pre-Mohammed evidence for some of the writings in the Qu'ran.


I actually think its a fair question. There are a few. Obviously, there is the orthodox Muslim one, that Mohammed did not know how to read and that Gabriel came to him in visions and that he spoke the Quran and that it was written down by others on whatever came to hand. Obviously, the word "Quran" itself, which means "Recital", would give some weight to ...

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