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William Montgomery Watt is a English Islamic scholar. Look up English in Wiktionary, the free dictionary As an adjective, English refers to anything from or pertaining to England. ... Islām is described as a dīn, meaning way of life and/or guidance. ...

Watt has written over 30 books. In Scotland he has been a member of the ecumenical Iona Community since 1960.

Amongst Islamic scholars he has been held in an esteem described as “most reverential.” The Muslim press have called him “the Last Orientalist.”



I therefore do not believe that either the Bible or the Qur’an is infallibly true in the sense that all their commands are valid for all time. ... when the form of society changes in important respects some commands cease to be appropriate, though many others continue to be valid. I do, however, believe that Muhammad, like the earlier prophets, had genuine religious experiences. I believe that he really did receive something directly from God. As such, I believe that the Qur’an came from God, that it is Divinely inspired. Muhammad could not have caused the great upsurge in religion that he did without God’s blessing. [1]


Muhammad at Mecca is a book about Islam writen by the non-Muslim Islamic scholar William Montgomery Watt. ... Muhammad at medina is a book about Islam writen by the non-Muslim Islamic scholar William Montgomery Watt. ...

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An Islamic scholar is a person that is a scholar of the religion of Islam. ...

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William Montgomery Watt | Obituaries | Guardian Unlimited (934 words)
William was born in Ceres, Fife, where his father, who died when he was 14 months old, was a minister.
William said of his commitment to the study of Islam that he always had an ability to see the other person's point of view - "indeed, almost a tendency to prefer the other's point of view".
William came to the conviction that the distorted image "was a negative aspect of European identity, that is, an image of what the European is not.
Al-Ghazali : The Muslim Intellectual (William Montgomery Watt) (124 words)
Al-Ghazali : The Muslim Intellectual (William Montgomery Watt)
By studying the struggle and achievement of one of the greatest of Muslim intellectuals, the author attempts to provide an answer.
Montgomery Watt, now retired, is a scholar who has himself done detailed work at various points in the field and thereby gains a certain authority and is likely to be widely quoted by students of Islam.
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