Islam: the Grand Mythology

  • August 8, 2013 · 7:30 PM

Whereas research into the historical origins of Christianity began in Germany in the nineteenth century, and revealed the Roman political origins of much of Christianity and the Bible, serious historical research into the origins of Islam is of much more recent date.
Guy Otten will present a talk outlining what recent scientific and scholarly research has to say about how Islam came about, and what reliable evidence there is for what was happening in the Middle east around the time of Islam’s foundations. He will summarise the evidence from the fields of history, linguistics, archaeology, textual analysis, numismatics, etc.
Whilst rejecting Islamophobia, the irrational fear of and prejudice against Islam and Muslims, he will explore the rational basis for criticism of Islam.
Guy Otten is Chair of Greater Manchester Humanists; he is a Member of the Board of Trustee of the British Humanist Association; he is a BHA accredited Humanist Celebrant; he is currently writing a book on the origins of Islam.

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  • Andy S.

    An excellent, thought provoking talk

    August 9, 2013

  • Pete

    Really good lecture, by someone who obviously knew his stuff, but was not as 'expert'. Spoke in our language in a way the layman could understand. Good Q&A session afterwards.

    August 9, 2013

  • Nazir K.

    Can't cancel squash, I'm afraid.

    August 8, 2013

  • Kalyan A.

    Can't make it today. Keen to next time.

    August 8, 2013

  • Samantha C.

    Loads of people go alone. I did but now I go with the friends I met there!

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Paul P.

    Anybody attend alone? Can't get any of my friends to come and I'm a bit socially awkward! Would love to get involved.

    July 17, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Hi Paul, sure: let's meet. Where / when?

      July 29, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Hi Paul. Do you want to meet up tomorrow at 7pm?

      August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just about to embark upon my MSc dissertation around Zakaat so looking forward to this.

    August 5, 2013

  • Ed W.

    For this one I will try to be there. Hobbling in from the side.

    August 5, 2013

  • Kalyan A.

    Playing Devil's advocate interests me! (shamelessly copied from Maria Ar)
    Keen to find out if I am a skeptic myself.

    July 31, 2013

  • Louise B.

    Also can't make it now. A shame as I was looking forward to it (and it would have been my first Sceptics event).

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately not going to be able to make it now.

    July 23, 2013

  • anthony h.

    im glad your going geoff so i can ask you why barristers/solicitors/never mention common law

    July 19, 2013

  • Sandbad

    July 9, 2013

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