Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A startling little tidbit...
According to the 19th century historian and Arabist Aloys Sprenger on page 15 (footnote 1) of his work The Life of Mohammed, Muslim tradition has it that the Amalekites of Old Testament times (cf. Exodus 17:8-16) were once "sole masters of Mecca" and had rebuilt the Ka'aba!
Shades of Ishmael!
(His sources for these startling claims are the Kashaf tafsir and "Azraqy apud ["according to"] Fasy" -- the former possibly referring to a 7th century Mslim leader named Nafi' ibn al-Azraq.)