Monday, November 17, 2008

Islamic Theologian thinks Islam's Prophet Muhammad did not exist

Kenneth highlighted this news at facebook this afternoon. I immediately read it at the Wall Street Journal website:

Muhammad Sven Kalisch, a Muslim convert and Germany's first professor of Islamic theology, fasts during the Muslim holy month, doesn't like to shake hands with Muslim women and has spent years studying Islamic scripture. Islam, he says, guides his life.

So it came as something of a surprise when Prof. Kalisch announced the fruit of his theological research. His conclusion: The Prophet Muhammad probably never existed...

Prof. Kalisch, who insists he's still a Muslim, says he knew he would get in trouble but wanted to subject Islam to the same scrutiny as Christianity and Judaism.

Read the whole story here.

The question now is not only why did Prof. Kalisch really think so, but how would the Muslims, especially the fundamentalistic ones, react?

Will they be as 'forgiving' and 'peaceful'?

Christianity and Judaism have been subjected to such critical examination for the past 2 centuries or so. Both communities didn't threaten to harm the scholars involved. In response, believers of both faith take upon themselves the duty to study into those findings and discuss over the criticisms. Not sure if the Muslim communities will do the same...

Witnessing the riots and killings resulted from the Danish Muhammad cartoon controversy prompts me to be skeptical.


davinci said...

many historians and theologians also said, Jesus did not exist!

I am not surprised...

likewise, socrates, confucius and so many, could be said, did not exist!

do you remember, the futile attempt of "quest for the historical Jesus"by the German liberal scholars....

Sze Zeng said...

Hi davinci,

Yes, I remember the quest for the historical Jesus. The church benefit alot from this quest even though there are some misgivings as well.