Let's look at another passage from page 13 of Morey's book where he quotes, this time from Caesar Farah:
Islamic scholar Caesar Farah concluded "There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that Allah passed on to the Muslims from the Christians and Jews." (Parah p. 28).
Please compare this quote with the entire paragraph where Morey said he quoted it from. Here it is reproduced from Caesar Farah's book:
Allah, the paramount deity of pagan Arabia, was the target of worship in varying degrees of intensity from the southernmost tip of Arabia to the Mediterranean. To the Babylonians he was "II" (god); to the Canaanites, and later the Israelites, he was "El"; the South Arabians worshipped him as "llah, " and the Bedouins as "al-llah" (the deity). With Muhammad he becomes Allah, God of the Worlds, of all believers, the one and only who admits no associates or consorts in the worship of Him. Judaic and Christian concepts of God abetted the transformation of Allah from a pagan deity to the God of all monotheists. There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that "Allah" passed to the Muslims from Christians and Jews. (Farah p. 28).
The first problem with Morey's
quote is that he so separated the last sentence from the rest of the paragraph, that he
made it say something different from what
it used to say in the context of that paragraph. Such out-of-context quotations is a
common ploy of Morey.
A second problem is that Morey
referred to Caesar Farah as an "Islamic Scholar." Morey tries to bolster the
authority of his quoted authorities by giving them adjectives as above. If by
"Islamic" readers think that Caesar Farah is a Muslim, Morey has no motive to
correct such a misunderstanding. And if challenged, he could say he meant "scholar of
Islam." Then he should say what he means.
A third problem is that Morey left out the important discussion from Farah's book. That passage was saying that the God who was called Ilah in South Arabia was called El by the Israelites. This fact would have ruined Morey's entire Moon-god-in-Islam theory, so Morey conveniently concealed it. Why should Morey let his readers know that according to two of the gospels Jesus was on the cross calling out to El who, if Morey is right, is the Moon- god of Islam?