13 dicembre 2011 di casalinopierluigi
ISLAM AND (JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN) MONOTHEISTIC LEGACY
The Arabs were polytheists. The pattern of their religion was simple. The Arabs did not provide their gods with expensive housing such as was standard in the Fertile Crescent, and so far as we known they developed little in the way of a religious mythology. But simple as it was, such indications we have suggest that it had been remarkably stable over a long period; thus Allat, a goddess prominent in the time of Muhammad, is already attested by Herodotus in the fifth century B.C. In the centuries preceding the life of Muhammad, however, external influences were beginning to disturb the ancient polytheism. Predominantly, this influence was monotheistic; despite the Persian hegemony, the impact of Zoroastrianism seems to have been slight outside the north-east. As might be expected, the Arabs were affected by the Christianity, and more particularly by the sects. There was also considerable, and probably much older, Jewish presence in Western Arabia. The Islamic tradition describes substantial Jewish population in several of the western oases, in the region known as the Hijiaz and as the Yemen.
Casalino Pierluigi, 13.12.2011.
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