08-01-10, 02:06 AM #321
08-01-10, 05:20 AM #322
If all were consenting adults either case would be cool.
Take the religion out of it and see is that makes a difference. What if an areligious female and her two areligious male lovers decided to shack up together, or an areligious male and his two lovers decided this was a lifestyle that suited them and moved in together. Now is that still as abhorrent, or is that now cool cos the religions gone??
Hey, have you never heard of a non muslim man or woman marrying for money and security rather than love….
And yes in China there is a shortage of women and not every man get to have one, is that the evil of the atheist communist regime? No its just the way life pans out, its not always fair and not always how we (the west) would like it, but that’s just the way life is.
But polygamy was practiced in India around that time, if not in the form of marriage then certainly with a concubine arrangement. Again only for the rich and powerful.. alpha male
08-01-10, 09:43 AM #323
I will answer more properly later today, I just wanted to point this out for now.
1. H. M. El-Hawary, "The Second Oldest Islamic Monument Known Dated AH 71 (AD 691) From The Time Of The Omayyad Calif ‘Abd el-Malik Ibn Marwan", Journal Of The Royal Asiatic Society, 1932, p. 289.
2. A. Grohmann, Arabische Paläographie II: Das Schriftwesen. Die Lapidarschrift, 1971, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Philosophisch - Historische Klasse: Denkschriften 94/2. Hermann Böhlaus Nachf.: Wein, p. 72, Plate 10:2.
Another example, the drachm of caliph 'Abd al-Malik ibn 'Abd Allah, here is the citations for that including an academic journal citation as well:
1. J. Walker, A Catalogue Of The Muhammadan Coins In The British Museum, 1941, Volume I - Arab-Sassanian Coins, British Museum: London, p. 97.
2. H. Gaube, Arabosasanidische Numismatik, 1973, Handbücher Der Mittelasiatischen Numismatik - Volume 2, Klinkhardt & Biermann: Braunschweig, p. 62.
3. 3. J. Johns, "Archaeology And The History Of Early Islam: The First Seventy Years", Journal Of The Economic And Social History Of The Orient, 2003, Volume 46, No. 4, pp. 426-427.
This was in post 116 of this thread, funny how you forgot about this. I would also like to point out again, that this book is highly controversial and is by no means accepted by the academic community at large in any real sense at this given time. It's a hypothesis, not an established fact, stop asserting it as such like all of us "poor," Muslims got bamboozled in the 7th century. Also, it was believed that the city of Troy was a myth up until the 19th century however we now know that it was a factual city that did infact actually exist in history.
08-01-10, 01:43 PM #324
08-01-10, 02:11 PM #325
08-01-10, 06:31 PM #326
1) I said there is no contemporary evidence for Mohammad's existence. As it stands the closest bit of evidence is a Greek manuscript from a Christian Patriarch complaining about a Christian heretic sewing discord in and around Syria published AFTER Mohammad's supposed death.
That's pretty good evidence of a person fitting Mohammad's description. It may BE Mohammad. I'm open to that possibility. Even it's not contemporary.
Then I said, if you have some contemporary evidence post a reference. I'm not asking you to post a book. Just a peace of pottery, a coin, a carving, a manuscript... something from the lifetime of Mohammad.
2) Yes, I agree, we're still learning a lot about that time period and that place. It may well be there was a particular person. It wouldn't "shock" me either way.
- Bahai' Faith has a historical founder/Prophet.
- Mormonism has a historical founder/Prophet.
- Scientology has a historical founder/Prophet.
- I do not think Mosses existed. Because there's no good evidence.
- I do not think Jesus existed. Simply because, like Mosses, there's no good contemporary evidence.
- I'm fairly confident Hercules didn't exist. Maybe, but I doubt it.
- I sometimes wonder if Socrates wasn't a literary creation of Plato. Maybe.
- Did Mohammad exist? Perhaps. Perhaps not.
What are the implications if he was a real person? Was he a Christian heretic? Was his message lost and later replaced with Arab friendly "Islam" in the 8th century? Was he a complete literary creation? Was he a product of a dispute over unitarianism?
Well, that's why these are exciting times THAT was why I posted the thread. These coins go a long ways in answering this riddle. Because, one way or another we have a Christian based religion called Islam and we have a literary tradition of a person called Mohammad.
New peaces of evidence come from the sands of Syria like every single day. There's so much stuff there aren't enough experts to analyze all of it. We may have a different answer in another 10 years.
You should heed your own example of Troy
Troy wasn't the massive fortress as described in the Iliad by the Greeks. If the Greeks did fight a battle there it was they who probably were the aggressors and they blew the whole story completely out of proportion and kitted it out with all sorts of Gods and Goddesses. DO you think that those Gods were real? No, of course not. Well, this is the way I think of Christianity, Buddhism, Shinto and Islam. Myths that effect our life and worth researching - but, certainly not based on "real" Gods.
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08-02-10, 05:03 AM #327
08-02-10, 10:35 PM #328
08-03-10, 01:10 AM #329
That said, yes, those Gods and Goddesses may have been real. They were certainly more interesting. However, it was the Greeks more than anyone who developed the ideas behind Christianity. What Christianity is based on. I sometimes wonder if it wasn't in reaction to urbanization. I mean, highly packed cities of people. Maybe, maybe not.
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