Judaism in Islam, by Abraham I. Katsh
In 1832 the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Bonn announced an essay contest on the subject: “An inquiry into those sources of the Koran or Mohammedan laws which are to be traced back to Judaism.” That query led to Abraham Geiger’s writing his prize-winning and epoch-making essay, Was hat Mohammed aus dem Judentume aufgenommen? The work first appeared in English in Madras, India, in 1898—translated by “a member of the Ladies’ League in Aid of the Delhi Mission” to help the head of the local mission “in his dealings with Mohammedans.” The rather bizarre circumstances under which so eminent a work of scholarship was translated reflects the small interest the general public of the time took in the subject. Today Islam and Islamic culture receive increasing attention from the educated layman; new editions and translations of the Muslim classics appear in many European languages, and extensive research into the origins and background of Muslim culture is being carried on. Abraham I. Katsh’s work is one of the recent contributions in this field.
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