Institute for Research on Early Islamic History
and the Koran

Inârah is a research institute devoted to the scientific historical-critical, philological investigation into the Qur’an, the origins of Islam and its early history.  By and large, hitherto the traditional account of Islam’s rise and spread is accepted uncritically, although the sources upon which such claims are based are both late and of dubious historical quality. Similar scientific uncertainty also applies to the language and the theology of the Qur’an, for which source, textual, form and redactional criticism, vis-à- vis e.g. biblical studies, are still in their infancy. Hitherto our researches have clearly shown that the traditional account of Muhammad, the Qur’an, and the emergence of Islam actually have little or nothing in common with historical reality, nor does it fit into the well-established parameters of Late Antiquity.​


The activities of ​​​​​​​Inârah are overseen by a Curatorium
composed of distinguished international scholars.
Klimmt, Reinhard (Chairman),
Historian, former Minister-President of the Saarland, former Federal minister of Transport and Infrastructure – Saarbrücken

Toscani, Stephan (Deputy Chairman),
Jurist, numerous political offices and functions, as of May 2012 State Minister of Finance and European Affairs of the Saarland –  Saarbrücken

Egetmeyer, Prof. Dr Markus
Professor, Linguistique grecque, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Flasch, Prof. em. Dr Kurt
Philosophy, at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome), the Accademia Toscana di Scienze e Lettere “La Colombaria” (Florence) and the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (Mainz)

Ghadban, Dr Ralph
Islamologist and political scientist – Berlin

Gouguenheim, Prof. Dr Sylvain
Professor, Mediæval history,  École normale supérieure, Lyon (ENS LSH)

Ibn Warraq
Islamologist and publisher – New York, USA

Kerr, Dr Robert Martin
Secretary – Brussels

Kropp, Prof. em. Dr Manfred
Islamology and Semitics at the Seminar für Orientkunde, Universität Mainz. 1999-2007 Director of the Orient-Institute of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft in Beirut-Istanbul; 2007-2008 visiting professor at the Collège de France (Paris) – Mainz

Muller, Jean-Claude MA (Oxford, Paris und Yale),
Comparative linguistics and Oriental studies;  Director em. of the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg – Luxembourg

Sivers, Prof. em. Dr Peter von
Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Utah, College of Humanities, Middle East Center – Salt Lake City, USA

Wagner, Dr Helmut Abu Limor
Businessman, Arabist and Islamologist, Saarbrücken