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.​


In the following, books published by Inârah and some articles by researchers affiliated with Inârah are showcased. 

Symposion 2018
Symposion 2019

German Volumes

At irregular intervals, Inârah publishes volumes  containing original stu​dies by researchers affiliated with Inârah. The contributions are largely in German, to a lesser extent in French and English. Hitherto eight volumes have appeared in the series ​​​Inârah - Schriften zur frühen Islamgeschichte und zum Koran, the latter four also subtitled Die Entstehung einer Weltreligion 
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English Articles

Here we provide links to several articles in English on Islamic origins and the Qur'an by researchers affiliated with Inârah, some of which have been published in the above mentioned English volumes.

German Articles


Here numerous articles written in German by researchers affiliated with Inârah on subjects with bearing on Islam, Islamic origins and the Qur'an are made available.