Muhammad Sven Kalisch is an Islamic scholar.
Professor Muhammad Sven Kalisch is a German convert to Islam who teaches Muslim theology at the University of Munster.
He is a convert. But....he differed from typical religious converts to a new faith in that he never stopped questioning. "Religion should never contradict reason," he says. "I could never accept any doctrine or belief that goes against my rational mind."
Kalisch is the first Muslim scholar to dispute the Prophet's existence, while continuing to profess Muslim. If the Prophet did not exist, or in any case did not dictate the Koran, "then it might be that the Koran was truly inspired by God, a great narration from God, but it was not dictated word for word from Allah to the Prophet", he told a German newspaper. A German Protestant who converted to Islam as a teenager in search of a religion of reason, Kalisch can live with an alternative of reading of Islam. Very few of the world's billion and a half Muslims can.
Have a read of this article from the Asia Times....
You could then read about the work of Dr Gerd R Puin, a renowned Islamicist at Saarland University, Germany, before returning to the Asia Times... and then again to read more about the work of Muhammad Sven Kalisch
Then return to this article - what is your reaction?