Sale Episode on The Origins of Islam

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Coin from Palestine 647-58 (from "Did Muhammad Exist?" by Robert Spencer

A coin from Palestine 647-58 (from “Did Muhammad Exist?” by Robert Spencer)

A coin from Syria 686-87 (from "Did Muhammad Exist?" by Robert Spencer)

A coin from Syria 686-87 (from “Did Muhammad Exist?” by Robert Spencer)

A coin from Palestine in the reign of Muawiyah (from "Did Muhammad Exist?" by Robert Spencer)

A coin from Palestine in the reign of Muawiyah (from “Did Muhammad Exist?” by Robert Spencer)

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17 thoughts on “Sale Episode on The Origins of Islam

  1. Sounds like fascinating nugget of an episode. Your sales pitch (or pitches, rather) did the job on me; was happy to purchase it, all the more if it helps keep this podcast going!

  2. Luka

    Think it would be good if you tell how long/big the episode is next time you do this.
    Keep up the good work, looking forward to next episodes. πŸ™‚

  3. Greg

    I just bought and listened to it and I have to say I am both impressed and fascinated. I never knew there was so much to doubt in the traditional account, and you did a great job laying out what I was missing. Thanks for putting such a great podcast together!

    I find especially interesting (if not overly compelling) the idea that Mohammed of the Koran was actually referring to Jesus – if you to be skeptical all the way down, you could suggest that Mohammed was actually based on Jesus, who didn’t actually exist, which would be a great way to tick off a couple billion believers. Not that I believe that, but fun to think about nonetheless.

  4. I sure hope you’re not using Robert Spencer as a credible source on the origin of Islam. The man is a proven biggot. I’d say an atheist like Karen Armstrong would have been a good unbiased source. The only I’ve read that doesn’t try to push an agenda.

    • Atheists are very very seldom unbiased sources about anything religious, in my experience.

    • I use his collection of evidence but the podcast contains no comment on the rest of his work.

      • In the world of non-Islamic writing and commentary on Islam, there are “hawks” and “doves”. Spencer is a “hawk” and Armstrong is a “dove”. Armstrong is not an “atheist” (but a sort of spiritual liberal with Catholic background), and Spencer does have connections that are a bit of a worry. While it is never possible to be unbiased in historical writing, both write from very strong (and diametrically opposed) ideologies. While this does not preclude anything either of them might say as being true or factual or even just plain helpful (such as the business about the coins), I personally do not recommend either author to people who ask me for reliable information on the history and current reality of the Islamic world.

  5. Michael Cain

    I’m looking forward to purchasing it I don’t need a sales pitch! Is there any chance you can just post a link on how to buy it? Or do you really want us to listen to the podcast on “how to purchase the next podcast?”

    • If you click on the Episodes for Sale link (above in the right hand menu), then click “Register” you can enter your email. You will then get a password by email. You can then click on “Sign In” (next to “Register”) and buy the episode. If you get into any trouble please listen to the podcast πŸ™‚

  6. Bryan

    I’d like to be able to buy the episode using bitcoin.

  7. Would it be possible to pay using Google wallet or something? I don’t have a functioning Paypal account (it was hacked and I don’t want to use it anymore) and I don’t wish to create another Paypal account.

    Thanks so much!

    • Google wallet is only letting me take payments from UK users at the moment. If you go through to the Paypal pay window though it should give you an option to pay using a card with no need to have a paypal account.

  8. Hi Robin,

    Great episode! Regarding mistranslations and Aramaic, I have read similar things in the past regarding the Gospels, also. I don’t remember the Aramaic/Hebrew, but for example, “It is easier for a camel to fit through an eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven” doesn’t really make an awful lot of sense, but the words for “camel” and “rope” are very similar, and fitting a rope through an eye of a needle makes a lot more sense!

    The same phrase also appears in the Qur’an, and in the commentary of the translation by MAS Abdel Haleem the issue you describe is discussed.

    I hope you find that little titbit interesting if you hadn’t already come across it before!

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