Dutch Scholar Studies Origins of Islam in Arabic Papyri

November 25 2010

Radio Netherlands Worldwide carries a profile of the work of Petra Slipsteijn, professor of Arabic language and culture at Leiden University. Slijpstein works with papyrus manuscripts which are the only remaining historical source contemporary with the life of Muhammad. Her research suggests that the texts “largely confirm the official Islamic version of events”. The RNW’s profile frames Slijpstein’s work as disproving the assertions of “skeptical scholars” who claim that “Muhammad did not exist and that Islam is a fabrication made up in later centuries”.