UA-35580571-1 EP.3–Religion: The Pre-Islamic Environment II (Christianity, Zoroastrianism)

EP.3–Religion: The Pre-Islamic Environment II (Christianity, Zoroastrianism)

September 10th, 2011

This episode of the World of Islam continues looking into the world in which the religion of Islam would eventually develop. We will take a brief look at Christianity and Zoroastrianism in the Near East of late antiquity.

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  • Troy

    Question about the topic of this podcast episode, which you may end up circling back around to later, but may not:

    Why did Muhammad feel the need to include so many stories about Jesus in the Quran?

    Of course, the question itself is loaded with a number of preconceptions (That at least some of the suras were the product of Muhammad’s own mind and not the product of revelation, for example), but my main thrust here is to ask if it wasn’t a calculated maneuver to draw converts from Nestorian Christian Communities, whom were perilously close to holding a form of adoptionist Christology anyway and could be more closely aligned with the Christology of Jesus as held by Islam?

    Or have I got the whole thing FUBARed?

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm
  • aminetais

    It would be better to postpone that discussion until we consider how Muhammad positioned himself vis-a-vis Christianity and Judaism.

    Sep 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm
  • Troy

    Fair enough then. I look forward to that discussion. As always keep up the interesting topics, and I’ll keep listening. And chiming in where appropriate.

    Sep 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm
  • Oussama

    Very interesting. I like the way you decided to approach this complex topic. Looking forward to the next lectures. Keep it up!

    Sep 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm
  • aminetais

    Thank you Oussama for listening to and supporting the podcast.

    Sep 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm