Sven Kalisch (born 1966)
Sven Kalisch,formerly called Muhammad Sven Kalisch,is a German who converted to Islam at age 15 and became a Muslim scholar.He was the first person in Germany to hold a Chair of Islam,specifically in the University of Munster in 2004.Four years later,still in the same university(as he still is today) in 2008 he astounded the world by saying that after extensive research he had come to the conclusion that “Muhammad probably never existed”.
That shocked Germany’s approximately 4 million Muslims,or 5% of the population.He was just using the same very skeptical methods that some non-Christians accept and conclude that:
1.Jesus probably never existed (atheist Richard Carrier,atheist Robert Price)
2.The Gospel of Thomas was written around 50 AD(Jesus Seminar)
3.There is a Gospel of the Cross which can be extracted from the 2nd century Gospel of Peter and which is from around 50 AD and all four gospels (Matthew,Luke,Mark,John) were based on it (ex-priest John Dominic Crossan,one of the founders of the Jesus Seminar).
4.The 4 gospels were written around 150 AD(atheist Robert Price)
5.Jesus definitely did not exist (Earl Doherty)
The point is that Muslim debaters like Ali Ataie and Shabir Ally cite many of the ideas obtained by this methodology and yet don’t accept the results of the same method when applied to the Koran and Muhammad.Kalisch did that for Muhammad and came to the conclusion he probably didn’t exist.
Read this Article on Kalisch’s Declaration in 2008 about Muhammad(by the Wall Street Journal)
Kalisch has left Islam
He is still a professor at the University of Munster,Germany but in 2010 he left Islam.
Two Articles about Kalisch Leaving Islam in 2010
David Myatt (born 1950)
His life and career has taken 3 turns,all of the surprising.He is British and his trajectory is:
Life as a Neo-Nazi,Racist Leader
1.He is the founder and first leader of the neo-nazi British group called the National Socialist Movement.It is not to be confused with another,earlier British neo-nazi group with the same name founded by Colin Jordan.
One of the members of Myatt’s party was David Copeland, the London nail-bomber,and local unit leader for his area. Copeland received six life sentences for his April 1999 bombing campaign against London’s black, Asian, and gay communities, which killed three people, including a pregnant woman, and injured 129, some of who lost limbs.
2.Myatt then was 100% racist and against non-whites.As a neo-nazi he was very judeophobe,a hater of the Jews.
3.In November 1997, Myatt wrote “The Practical Guide to Aryan Revolution” on a website run out of British Columbia, Canada. The pamphlet included chapter titles such as “Assassination,” “Terror Bombing,” and “Racial War.”It had a detailed step-by-step guide for terrorist insurrection with advice on assassination targets, rationale for bombing and sabotage campaigns, and rules of engagement.
Life as a Muslim
In 1998 Myatt became a Muslim and renounced racism.However he adopted the following ideas:
1.He supported the suicide bombers who have killed hundreds of innocents in Israel.
2.He said the Holocaust was a hoax,it never happened.
3.It is obvious he was as judeophobic as when he was a neo-nazi.
4.He was also for killing apostates of Islam.
Article of him when he was a Muslim(written in 2006):
Life as an Ex-Muslim
He left Islam in 2010 and began a new movement,a mystical one called “The Numinous Way“.It seems he has left all hatred behind.He now emphasizes peace and empathy among all humans.Here is his website: