Muhammad’s Prophethood: An Analytical View
More is recorded about the life of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, than any other figure. Yet at the same time, no other personality has generated more debate than his. Ranked the number one most influential person in human history—not by a Muslim but a Westerner, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم has become a target for generations of missionaries and orientalists who have aroused suspicions and propagated allegations against the man and his message.
This audiobook explores some of the main issues surrounding Muhammad’s prophethood (peace be upon him).
- Was Muhammad a true prophet of God or an imposter?
- If he was truthful, did he unconsciously fabricate a religion?
- Is the Qur’aan plagiarized from Judaeo Christian sources?
No stranger to both sides’ arguments, Dr. Jamal Badawi subjects these issues to rational analysis, steering clear of both blind acceptance and prejudicial rejection.
Chapter 1: Changing Attitudes of Muhammad’s Critics
- Stage 1: The Polemic Era
- Stage 2: Disguised Polemic
- Stage 3: The Inevitable Inconsistency
Chapter 2: A Proposed Methodology
- The Claim
- The Critique
- Only Two Possibilities
- But Why Fabricate?
Chapter 3: Conscious Fabrication?
- A. Fabrication for Material Gains?
- B. Fabrication for Worldly Glory and Power?
Chapter 4: Unconscious Fabrication?
- The Logical Conclusion
Chapter 5: Judaeo-Christian Origins of Islam?
- 1. The Question of Background
- 2. The Question of Environment
- 3) The Question of Parallels
- Beyond the Surface
- A. The Biblical Concept of God
- B. The Qur’anic Concept of God
- A History of Religions
About the Author
Jamal A. Badawi is Professor Emeritus of Management at Saint Mary’s University, Canada who has written, lectured and debated extensively in his quest to promote a better understanding of Islam in the West.