Nabataean adalah nama satu kaum di Tanah Arab zaman sebelum Islam. Kaum ini dikatakan mempunyai tamadun yang hebat. Mereka membina kota Petra yang terkenal di Jordan. Bacalah maklumat tentang mereka di sini. Namun berawaslah kerana maklumatnya ditulis oleh bukan Islam dan berunsur bias terhadap Islam (lihat contoh petikan di bawah!).
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Who were Nabateans?
The Nabateans were a tribe of people descended fro Nabioth, the eldest son of Ishmael,the son of Abraham. They were a merchant people who lived in Arabia, initially using camel caravans for trade and later ships called ‘dhows’ with which they sailed the world carrying on a worldwide trade in exotic items.
What years were they?
The Nabateans began their trade in very encient times, but only came to prominence in ancient records around 300 BC when they carved out a political kingdom in the area of ancient Edom. They later sold their ‘kingdom’ to the Romans in 106 AD, and became the merchants of Rome carrying on trade within and beyond the Roman Empire for many centuries afterwards. Around 600 AD, Mohammad the son of a Nabatean merchant, united Arabia again, beginning a new empire which was focused around religion (Islam) and military might rather than economics and trade.
Ayat terakhir itu jelas bias dan memberi fakta yang memburukkan Baginda serta Islam.