The Book of Idols
), written by the Arab scholar Hisham Ibn Al-Kalbi
(737–819), describes gods and rites of pre-Islamic Arab religions
. The text is critical of pre-Islamic Arabian religion and decries the state of religious corruption which the Arabs had supposedly descended to since the founding of the Kaaba
The book was instrumental in identifying shirk
(the sin of polytheism
) with "the idolatry of the pre-Islamic Arabs."
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