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By Fethullah Gulen
Turkish Muslim Intellectual
As this question has generated a great deal of literature, I shall confine my answer to the most pertinent points.
This allegation is made by Orientalists, just as it was by their predecessors: Christian and Jewish writers who deeply resented the spread of Islam. The first people to make it were the Prophet's own opponents, as we read in the Qur'an:
[When Our clear revelations are recited to them, the Unbelievers say, of the Truth when it comes to them: "This is evident sorcery!" Or do they say, "He has forged it"?] (Al-Ahqaf 46:7–8)
They were desperate to protect their interests against the rising tide of Islam and hoped, as do their modern counterparts, to spread doubt about the Qur'an's divine authorship so that Muslims would start doubting its authority as well..