The study of the historical origins of Islam is today one of the liveliest and most interesting subfields in Near Eastern studies. Its vitality comes in part from the fact that it resorts to a maddeningly eclectic variety of sources (archaeological, numismatic, epigraphic, papyrological, and textual, in roughly a dozen different languages) that, nevertheless, leave major questions scarcely documented or entirely undocumented. This has opened the door to great creativity in interpretation. The “Islamic Origins” group hopes to become a venue for the open scholarly discussion of all aspects of the tremendous transformations that occurred with the emergence of Islam.
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