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Muhammad at Mecca.

Author: W Montgomery Watt
Publisher: Oxford, Clarendon Press, [1968]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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W. Montgomery Watt wrote Muhammad at Mecca in response to his perceived need for a new look at the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) set in a fuller historical context. He states that part of this need arose from the broader desire of twentieth century historians to see historical events in relation to the economic, social, and political background prevalent at that particular time. The author asserts that the special  Read more...
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Named Person: Muḥammad, Prophet; Muḥammad, Prophet
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W Montgomery Watt
OCLC Number: 5005664
Notes: Sequel: Muhammad at Medina.
Description: xvi, 192 pages 23 cm
Contents: I. The Arabian background --
The economic basis --
Meccan politics --
The social and moral background --
The religious and intellectual background --
II. Muhammad's early life and prophetic call --
Muhammad's ancestry --
Birth and early years --
Marriage with Khadijah --
The call to be a prophet --
The form of Muhammad's prophetic consciousness --
The chronology of the Meccan period --
III. The primary message --
The dating of the Qur'an --
The contents of the early passages --
The relevance of the message to the contemporary situation --
Further reflections --
IV. The first Muslims --
Traditional accounts of the earliest converts --
Survey of the earlier Muslims --
The appeal of Muhammad's message --
V. The growth of opposition --
The beginning of opposition; the 'satanic verses' --
The Abbyssinian affair --
The Manoeuvres of the opposition --
The witness of the Qur'an --
The leaders of the opposition and their motives --
VI. Expanding horizons --
The deterioration in Muhammad's position --
The visit to at-Ta'if --
Approaches to the nomadic tribes --
Negotiations with Medina --
The Hijrah --
The Meccan achievement --
Excursus: A. The Ahabish --
B. Arabian monotheism and Judaeo-Christian influences --
C. The Hanifs --
D. Tazakka, etc. --
E. List of Meccan Muslims and pagans --
F. The traditions from 'Urwah --
G. The emigration to Abyssinia; the various lists --
H. The return of the emigrants from Abyssinia.

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W. Montgomery Watt wrote Muhammad at Mecca in response to his perceived need for a new look at the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) set in a fuller historical context. He states that part of this need arose from the broader desire of twentieth century historians to see historical events in relation to the economic, social, and political background prevalent at that particular time. The author asserts that the special feature of this biography of Muhammad is thus not that it combs available sources more minutely than others have done previously, but that it pays fuller attention to these material factors, and attempts to answer many questions that have hardly been raised in the past. When this work is juxtaposed with Watt's other work Muhammad at Medina, the two together constitute a comprehensive history of the life of Muhammad and the origins of the Islamic community. The author declares in the introduction of this work that it is first and foremost written for the historian. He warns though that there is inherently the human inclination of 'tendential shaping' by early historians to make allowances for distortions or even to make it more acceptable within the shadow of other religions such as Christianity or Judaism. Though many bibliographic sources used for this work are based on earlier primary sources, one must remember that there are no known written sources other than the Qur'an about the life of the Prophet written prior to about 150 years after his death. -- Review by Randall Koehlmoos from http://www.amazon.ca (Jan. 26, 2012).

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