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25th February 2014
It was claimed by Theodor Nöldeke that Prophet Muhammad was "ignorant" of everything outside of Arabia. The example given to support this assertion was that he (i.e., the Prophet) made the fertility of Egypt - where rain is almost never seen and never missed - depend on rain instead of the inundation of the Nile. The key work used to describe deliverance of Egyptians in the story of Joseph is yughāth. In the article Theodor Nöldeke And The Fertility In Ancient Egypt, the meaning of yughāth is further elaborated using the lexicons and commentaries to show its wider semantic range.
These articles are in the section Refutation Of The So-Called External Contradictions In The Qur'an.