Did Muhammad Exist?

One of the areas of research that I am interested in is the historical existence of Jesus.  When we hear people questioning whether Jesus existed, this must be understood in the context of a radical scepticism, something that Jesus is not the only victim of.  A Muslim theologian in Germany is questioning the historical existence of Muhammad as you can read in a Wall Street Journal article here.  I find it bizarre that this man still considers himself a Muslim.  For the record, I see no reason to doubt the historical existence of Muhammad.

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4 thoughts on “Did Muhammad Exist?”

  1. Hi visited from CAA. I would agree that Muhammad existed but whether he existed and lived according to what the Qur’an says is another question and something I’m beginning to look into myself.

    I’ll see you around – you’re now on my blogroll.

  2. I find this paragraph, in particular, interesting:
    “Many scholars of Islam question the accuracy of ancient sources on Muhammad’s life. The earliest biography, of which no copies survive, dated from roughly a century after the generally accepted year of his death, 632, and is known only by references to it in much later texts. But only a few scholars have doubted Muhammad’s existence. Most say his life is better documented than that of Jesus.”

    How could they say his life is better documented than that of Jesus? We have 4 gospels, the writings of Paul and other NT authors, Josephus, Tacitus, etc,etc. According to this, there is a biography we know of through much later texts. Does not compute.

  3. I agree with your confusion. They are probably setting aside both sets of Scripture, seeing them as being not acceptable as historical sources. That is find for the Qur’an, as there is little biographical material in it. But for Christianity, it was these ancient biographies that became our Scripture. I think the real reason more people have doubted the existence of Jesus than of Muhammad is more a matter of differences in toleration for radical claims.

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