Christians and Muslims , the common disagreement with Hindus is on idol worship.But, in general, the difference is Christians think it is not right to do idol worship and Muslims think it is a sin and disrespect to god.Arabs were also called Hanpa (compare with Quranic hanif! They authors do not identify a certain religion that these Arabs were following 5.Notice that no where in this texts the Arabs are called Muslims and no mention of a religion called Islam and not until 750CE that the word Islam emerges 6.
Yet, things like physical connections outside of marriage, 'experimenting' or having a 'fling' don't exist in Islamic ethics.
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As succinctly as possible: can a vocabulary of motives by freely extrapolated from a discrete collection of literary stereotypes composed by alien and mostly hostile observers employed to describe even interpret not merely the overt behavior but also the intellectual and spiritual development of helpless and mostly of innocent actors." (SM page 116-117) To make it simple: Don't try to reconstruct the history of Islam from sources external to Islam as well as from Islamic literary sources In response to Wansbrough, Fred Donner wrote: "the practical implications of modern historians are that they cannot use the Islamic sources to reconstruct Islamic origins and should look elsewhere for our evidence or quit trying altogether." and even looking elsewhere as in reading literary sources written by non Muslims is futile Penn is very careful in not falling in the trap of reconstructing the Islamic origins from these non Muslim literary sources So who were these first Christians that met Muslims?
These were the Syriac speaking Christians in al-Sham and Mesopotamia They belonged to all sects of Christianity in the Middle East in the 7th century.
Christians won't do idol worship but Muslims have a sort of disliking (hatred will be too strong word) for idol worship.