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C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« on: August 31, 2010, 03:12:30 AM »
Scholarly article on history of Muslim worship, starting from the earliest times to formalisation. Very very interesting information.

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http://www.islam-and-muslims.com/Becker-history-of-muslim-worship.pdf
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Re: C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2010, 11:17:52 PM »
For some reason this doesn't work for me

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Re: C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 01:39:42 AM »
Scholarly article on history of Muslim worship, starting from the earliest times to formalisation. Very very interesting information.


http://www.filedropper.com/ch-becker-history-muslim-worship

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Peace:

Extremely interesting. It seems that a day of gathering was organised as per the Quran, but then with later influence from Christianity came to resemble what we know today. Initially, it was relatively informal, but then moved the other way.

So, in other words, a progression away from the Quran presumably with backing from the hadith, even though much of it was made (up) during the Ummayd era.

One thing that I am struck by is that early Muslims must have had a huge inferiority complex concerning Christianity. This must be the reason for the second coming myth and attributing miracles to Muhammad (as well as the above) that one can read about in the hadith.


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Re: C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 02:38:41 AM »
peace,

I particularly liked how the author laid it out, step by step, how formalisation took place.

One thing that I am struck by is that early Muslims must have had a huge inferiority complex concerning Christianity. This must be the reason for the second coming myth and attributing miracles to Muhammad (as well as the above) that one can read about in the hadith.

This is a reasonable observation, and this is also said by some authors I have read. Like today, most individual and communal religious practice are rituals and not really recitation, study and implementation of a book. Also consider back in those days very few would have had access to AQ, so rituals made up the main part of their daily lives. This book makes a strong case for early islam being very inclusive and flexible, and when islam spread I have no doubt a fusion of practice/beliefs/rituals took place, with inevitable competition amongst various faiths for which one had most legitimacy/authority, which was most impressive, whose prophet was best, who won the greatest battles, polemics, theological debates etc. Throw in the favourite pastime of Arabic culture at the time for oral storytelling for entertainment, then you have the perfect backdrop for corruption to ensue. The book also mentions that whilst things were inclusive early on, later there is a movement to distinguish the muslim community from other faiths, hence formalisation. This is also said by other authors.

In summary, it seems the earliest sources significantly damage the credibility of the homogeneous version of Islam as we know it today. I have only recently had access to such works and even I was surprised by the variance/contradiction.
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Re: C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010, 02:39:29 AM »
For some reason this doesn't work for me



Same here
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Re: C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2010, 02:42:34 AM »
Sarah and hope4, the link works fine for me.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2010, 03:17:47 AM »
got it now, thanks.
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Re: C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2010, 06:43:58 AM »
peace,

I particularly liked how the author laid it out, step by step, how formalisation took place.

This is a reasonable observation, and this is also said by some authors I have read. Like today, most individual and communal religious practice are rituals and not really recitation, study and implementation of a book. Also consider back in those days very few would have had access to AQ, so rituals made up the main part of their daily lives. This book makes a strong case for early islam being very inclusive and flexible, and when islam spread I have no doubt a fusion of practice/beliefs/rituals took place, with inevitable competition amongst various faiths for which one had most legitimacy/authority, which was most impressive, whose prophet was best, who won the greatest battles, polemics, theological debates etc. Throw in the favourite pastime of Arabic culture at the time for oral storytelling for entertainment, then you have the perfect backdrop for corruption to ensue. The book also mentions that whilst things were inclusive early on, later there is a movement to distinguish the muslim community from other faiths, hence formalisation. This is also said by other authors.

In summary, it seems the earliest sources significantly damage the credibility of the homogeneous version of Islam as we know it today. I have only recently had access to such works and even I was surprised by the variance/contradiction.
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Re: C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2010, 07:27:09 AM »
Highly unlikely. See the review on amazon.com by "groggy in seattle", covers pretty much the main points.
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Re: C.H. Becker - History of Muslim Worship
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2010, 01:01:09 PM »
Salaam wakas, I keep getting redirected to the main page when I click on the link
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