Is the Grass Greener?
A View from Biblical Studies
This response views the Safi-Hughes debate on the "historical Muhammad" from the perspective of debates in biblical studies, particularly the quest for the historical Jesus. The main question raised is this: can the "quest for the historical Muhammad" or the "historical Jesus" ever be freed from theological concerns?
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