Author and terrorism expert Robert Spencer has done exhaustive
research that has led him to doubt if the founder of Islam,
Mohammad, ever really existed.
Since the storming of the American embassy in Cairo and the
deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the Middle
East has exploded into violence, with Muslim mobs taking to the
streets burning cars and torching an American business like KFC in
For the most part the Muslims have said they are up in arms
because of an obscure film that they say insults
But in his recently released book Did Mohammad
Exist?, Robert Spencer of Jihad
Watch questions whether Islam's founder was even a real
"I found that Islam rests on quite shaky historical
foundations," the author explains. "There's no certainty that
Mohammad existed at all -- or if he did exist, that he did very
many of the things, if any, that he is supposed to have done
according to Islamic tradition."
Spencer says for one thing there are no records from the time of
the huge Arab conquests that mention -- by name -- Mohammad, the
Koran, or Islam.
"My theory is that he is a fictional character," Spencer
announces. "He may be a composite of several real people, but there
was no one person named Mohammad who did these things. He was
created in order to be the centerpiece of this new religion, and
that new religion was created in order to give impetus and unity to
the new Arab empire."
Spencer also says his study of the Koran shows that it was
essentially recast from Jewish and Christian texts.