hmm that guy once upon a time power guy with lots of petro dollars ., i wonder where he is now,,.....
hello Altara just curious., did you read that book of Dr. Amaal Muhammad Al-Roubi ?? if not please read it............
I'm reading his preface. And I will read it. but it seems totally outdated :
"3. Where in Arabia are the missionary activities
Crone is talking about? Islam is the predominant religion
there with the exception of sporadic pockets in Yemen
where a few hundreds of Jews live. Crone talks about
missionary activities without referring to any source to
verify this piece of information."
All of this is inexact. We know today that all liveable place in the peninsula got many Christians and/or Jews.
It seems that Al-Roubi is the only response to Crone But one important thing. As already said, I'm not agree wit her because one way or another she takes into account the traditional account she could not help herself to do it : There's a paper in academia in French ,( 4 pages, Crone sceptic bla bla bla) that explain this issue. Take it then : google translate or https://www.deepl.com/
(better)... I'm agree with the guy in academia.
"First, is Crone's rejection of historical and
geographical facts claiming that the Holy City of Makkah
is not situated on its original historical location. She
moved the location of Makkah on the map thereby
rejecting all indications made by Greek and Roman
authors to Makkah in the old ages."
There's no f*** Mecca (as recounted by Ibn Ishaq) before Islam. End of story. You cannot f**** reasoning in taking one piece of the traditional account into account
because guys like Al-Roubi will come and start to cite dozens of Muslims historians who have already did the work about the city, creating the whole story.