The Madrassa

I, David Ross, assert my right to be identified as the author of these documents. By all means, quote away; but please identify me as their author, and it'd be nice if you could email me as well.

An explanation of this page

This is the site for House of War (printed by CreateSpace, 10 July 2012) and its sequel Throne of Glass (CreateSpace, 20 October 2014). The Arabs and Their Qur'an (also CreateSpace, 25 January 2012) is a companion volume of collected essays. Over in "translations" you will also find the first translation of Paul Casanova's Mohammed et la fin du monde into English - gratis - along with some other, less notorious work.

I have published one article before, but under an assumed name. That name was "J.W. Salopy" and the article was "A Higher-Critical Study of the Relationship between Sura 19 and the Dome of the Rock". This was submitted to the Journal of Higher Criticism in 2004, and it came out in that journal's issue 12.1 in 2006. To summarise the piece, it proposed that sura 3 preceded the Dome of the Rock, that the Dome's parallels to sura 19 were such that it was more likely the Dome preceded sura 19, and that sura 19 preceded suras 21, 23, and 43. The Dome of the Rock bears the date "72"; the Prophet Muhammad, to whom Muslims attribute the transcription of the whole Qur'an, expired in year 11 of that calendar. This was done independently of Stephen Shoemaker, "Christmas in the Qur'an" (pub. date 2003) which came to a similar conclusion about an earlier story in sura 19. That means the Qur'an contains in it at least four Marwanid-era oracles which, therefore, cannot be Muhammadan. Whether they are the word of Allah regardless, I did not attempt to prove.

These PDFs are what I have been working on since early 2003, that article excepted. Eighteen of them went into The Arabs and Their Qur'an, and another eleven are in House of War one way or another. Throne of Glass took on at least seven more. These essays are listed below with no links. You'll note from the update log that, really, all of it can be considered "in progress". Consider the linked articles draughts. There are more projects where all this came from. I'll get them here as I finish them.

These PDFs are in logical sequence, later projects dependent on earlier projects. This crosses over; for instance, several essays in The Arabs refer to "The Muhkam of the Wasiya" here. Also "Heretic of Rewardashir" is posted here after "Year of the Hajj" because of the logic, where in a chronological order - like in that first part of The Arabs - it goes in the reverse order. The sum of the PDFs together imply a timeline.

One final thing: These articles (like The Arabs) are written to such a level as that in academic journals. There's a bit of a learning curve. If you're new to the topic then I recommend an introductory monograph ... like House of War. I also recommend Robert Hoyland's Seeing Islam as Others Saw It. As a rule of thumb: if you have read and understood Ibn Warraq's collections, then you are good to go.

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