I’m trying to read Philip Hitti’s monster History of the Arabs. I’ve just reached the life of Mohammed, and his discussion of the materials for it — scanty. He also has interesting comments on the text of the Koran; that the divergences in early Korans reflect the defective Kufic script used. By chance I find that today is 16th July, the anniversary of the flight of Mohammed and his followers from Mecca to Medina, which marks the start of the Islamic year, and also the transformation of Mohammed from a prophet to a politician.
I hope to post some notes from Hitti when I can.
In the mean time I have been trying to turn the mass of photocopies on my floor into PDF’s. This is proving slower than I had thought. I really need a copy of Adobe Acrobat to manipulate the results. But … it seems fantastically expensive!