THE PROBLEMATIC OF PROPHECY: 2015 IQSA PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

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Reuven Firestone

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 When Muḥammad began to gain followers in Mecca, the leaders of the town sent trusted emissaries to the Jews of Yathrib/Medina to ask their opinion about whether or not Muḥammad was a true prophet. Al-Nadhr b. al-Ḥārith and ʿUqbah b. Abī Muʿ ayṭ traveled the 200 or so miles to Medina. When they got there, they were instructed by the Jewish leadership, “Ask Muhammad three questions. If he can answer them, he is a true prophet, but if not, then he is an imposter.”

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