Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Muhammad and the Jews of Khaybar

In "The Real Muḥammad: In the Eyes of Ibn Isḥāq," I seek to summarize the most ancient biography of Muḥammad accurately. Muḥammad imposes Islam by any means possible -- this is reality. But, is there room for religious liberty to make place for itself?

From the prologue: "Muḥammad, at one point in speaking to the Jews of Khaybar, says to them: 'Do you find in what He has sent down to you that you should believe in Muḥammad? If you do not find that in your scripture then there is no compulsion upon you.' As we will see, this is an exception among all the words and deeds of Muḥammad. Yet, hopefully, these words can serve the freedom for Jews, Christians and Muslims as we look at the nature of Moses, Jesus and Muḥammad each on their own terms. And also, in helping us all grasp the nature of the Hebrew Bible, Christian New Testament and the Qur’ān."

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