The Islamic theologian concludes: Muhammad probably never existed
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“Professor Hired to Reach Muslims Gets a Shake”, by Andrew Higgins, Wall street journal, November 15, 2008:
MÜNSTER, Germany – Muhammad Sven Kalisch, a Muslim convert and Germany’s first professor of Islamic theology, fasts during the Muslim holy month, does not like to shake hands with Muslim women, and has spent years studying Islamic scriptures. Islam, he says, guides his life.
So it was a surprise when Professor Kalisch announced the fruit of his theological research. His conclusion: Prophet Muhammad probably never existed.
Muslims, unsurprisingly, are outraged. Even the Danish cartoonists who sparked worldwide protests a couple of years ago did not portray the Prophet as fictional. German police, concerned about a backlash, told the professor to move his religious studies center to safer facilities.
“We had no idea that he would have ideas like this,” says Thomas Bauer, an academic fellow at the University of Münster who served on a committee that appointed Professor Kalisch. “I am a more orthodox Muslim than him, and I am not a Muslim” …