William Muir

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Sir William Muir

Sir William Muir, KCSI (27 April 181911 July 1905) was a Scottish Orientalist, scholar of Islam, and colonial administrator.


  • The tragedy of Karbala decided not only the fate of the caliphate, but of the Mohammedan kingdoms long after the Caliphate had waned and disappeared.
    • Annals of the Early Caliphate, pages: 441–442.

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  • But of this genera of writing, William Muir's The Life of Mahomet, first published in 1861 in four volumes, was the best. It was a pioneering study and it has not been improved upon since then. William Muir had strong Christian views but he was also a painstaking and conscientious researcher, and he exhausted most of the sources on the Prophet's life, which were not many. The basic material on Muhammad is limited and new biographies could not really be new except in details, treatment and emphases.
    • Swarup, Ram (1995). Hindu view of Christianity and Islam.

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