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The function of the second paragraph is to
The second paragraph criticizes, not supports, Professor Crone's theory presented in the first paragraph.
The second paragraph criticizes Professor Crone's theory, not the traditional account of the rise of Islam.
The first paragraph introduces Professor Crone's account of the rise of Islam, which is in itself an alternative account to the traditional one. The second paragraph does not provide an additional, third account.
The second paragraph says that Professor Crone's account fails to convince her readers that her representation of Meccan trade should be taken as fact.
Professor Crone's arguments are introduced in the first paragraph introduces, not the second paragraph.