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
b. Su'ah (Sowa)
c. Yaqhuth (Yaghuth)
2. Surah 71:21-23
a. Lat (Al-Lat), Sun
b. Manet (Manat), Fortune
c. al-Uzza, Venus
4. Surah 53:17-23
C. Jewish and Christian presence in sixth century Arabia
D. The Hanifs in sixth century Arabia ("The Hunafa")