Donner was born in Washington, D. Army , seeing duty with U. Army Security Agency in Herzogenaurach , Germany in Bacharach Service Award in He responds in particular to the theory of late canonization of the Qur'an proposed by John Wansbrough and Yehuda D. Donner's book Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam , an account of the early years of the spiritual movement that would come to be known as Islam, was published by Harvard University Press in May

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Steven C. By Fred M. In Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam , Donner argues that the religion we now know as Islam emerged gradually over a number of decades and that its final form differed in many ways from Muhammad's initial message. This nascent movement included Jews and Christians along with newly converted polytheists.

Its objective was not to create a separate faith, but rather to spark a revival of pietistic monotheism. Over nearly a century, the Believers' movement evolved to become the distinct faith Most users should sign in with their email address.

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An exceptionally well written and lucid discussion of early Muslim history. Professor Donner summarizes the recent scholarship on the origins of Islam, pointing out that in the first two or three I grew up thinking religion meant teachings of kindness and peace, and that these were among the most central of goals in the earliest forms of most faiths. Naive, I know, but the assumption lingered

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