Stringer: Islam, Prophets, and History

[...]The concept that world history consists of a sequence of prophets,
and that with the coming of the prophet Muhhammad a final stage of history
has been reached, is helpful for the development of a historical consciousness.
The idea of consecutive prophets creates a historical ‘spine’
to the nebulous mass of events in the world. On the other hand, the super-
human perfection of these prophets militates against writing a serious
history of these individuals; its basis is so unhistorical that it places
their histories outside the boundaries of critical scholarship.[...]

From John Stringer's recent article in SFM 5:3, June 2009, p 104.


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