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Pre-Islamic Arabia

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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")