History and the Quran

Though little explored, there are historical references in the text of the Quran that contradicted what we know of ancient history. This page presents of brief summary.

Potiphar vs. Aziz
Mohammad relates the story of Joseph, whom Potiphar and the men of his city imprisoned out of jealousy. In the Quranic version of the story, Mohammad gives the name of the master of the house as "Aziz." Aside from the variations between the Biblical and Quranic versions, it is important to note that the name Aziz is uniquely Arabic. In fact, the name Aziz was not Egyptian, nor is it known to have been in use by any Egyptian during the period Joseph lived.

Egyptian Crucifixion
The Quran notes in Sura 7:123-124

Said Pharaoh: "believe ye in him before I give you permission? Surely this is a trick which ye have planned in the city to drive out its people: but soon shall ye know (the consequences). Be sure I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides and I will cause you all to die on the cross."

Crucifixion would not be invented for many hundreds of years after this event.

Alexander the Great
18:86. "Until when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it in a spring of murky water; near it he found a people. We said, O'Zul­qarnain, either punish them or show them kindness."

"Zul­qarnain" is a reference to Alexander the Great. Alexander was a pretty busy guy. When did he find time to do this in his short 33 years of life? Aside from the science, Alexander left no record of such an event. If he did, well, that would be something else. We might think he was crazy.