Friday, December 14, 2012

Archeology and the Qur'an

From Does archeology support the Quran?

According to the Qur’an, Mecca was the first and most important city in the world. Adam placed the black stone in the original Ka’ba (sanctuary) there, while Abraham and Ishmael rebuilt the Meccan Ka’ba centuries later (Sura 2:125-127). Mecca was allegedly the centre of Arabian trading routes before Muhammad’s time.

Yet there is no archeological corroboration for this. Such a great ancient city would surely have received a mention in ancient history. However, the earliest reference to Mecca as a city is in the Continuato Byzantia Arabica, an 8th century document. Mecca is certainly not on the natural overland trade routes- it is a barren valley requiring a one hundred mile detour. Moreover, there was only maritime Graeco-Roman trade with India after the first century, controlled by the Ethiopian Red Sea port Adulis, not by the Arabs. If Mecca was not even a viable city, let alone a great commercial centre until after Muhammad’s time, the Qur’an is seriously in doubt.

1 comment:

I.J. Abdul Hakeem said...

I noticed that at the bottom it states:

'''Based on other content from Jay Smith'''

Jay Smith is known for using sources such as Crook, Crone, & Wansbrough.

Interestingly here is what
The Cambridge Companion to the Quran had to say about this:

''''As a whole the theories of the sceptic or revisionist scholars who make a radical break the transmitted picture of Islamic origins....have by now been discarded''''

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