Arabia in the 6th century was a land where traders and raiders lived. Mecca was a city in which many religions were practiced.
I. Arabia in the Sixth Century: The Land of Traders and Raiders
II. Mecca as a City of Religion
A. The "time of ignorance"
B. Gods and theisms in sixth century Mecca
1. Gods - Wadd, Su'ah, Yaqhuth, Ya'uq and Nasr
2. Surah 71:21-23
3. Goddesses - Lat (Sun), Manāt (Fortune), and Al-ʻUzzā (Venus)
4. Surah 53:17-23
C. Jewish and Christian presence in sixth century Arabia
D. The Hanifs in sixth century Arabia ("The Hunafa")