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The historical Muhammad

Author: Irving M Zeitlin
Publisher: Cambridge Polity Press 2007.
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In his quest for the historical Muhammad, Zeitlins chief aim is to catch a few reliable glimpses of the birth of Islam and the role played by its extraordinary founder. The result is a rich and  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Historia
Named Person: Muḥammad.; Mahoma; Muḥammad.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Irving M Zeitlin
ISBN: 9780745639987 0745639984 0745639992 9780745639994
OCLC Number: 434128804
Description: VIII, 181 p. il. 23 cm
Contents: Preface * Introduction and Overview of the Life of Muhammad * Donner's Reply to the Skeptics * Enter Muhammad: An Overview * The Battle of the Trench * Chapter One Ibn Khaldun's Social and Economic Theory * Bedouins and Sedentary Peoples * Asabiyah * Chapter Two Pre-Islamic Arabia * The Hijaz on the Eve of the Rise of Islam * Pre-Islamic Religion * Chapter Three The Role of Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael * Who was the Sacrificial Son? * The Islamic Theory that Abraham, Ishmael and Hagar Traveled to the Valley of Mecca * Abraham, Ishmael and the Kaaba * William Muir on the Abrahamic Question * Muir on the Founding of Mecca and the Abrahamic Legend * Chapter Four Recent and Current Scholarship * The Religion of Mecca * The Kaaba and Its Devotees * Hanifiya and the Religion of Abraham * G.E. von Grunebaum, "The Nature of Arab Unity Before Islam" * M.J.Kister, "Al-Hira: Some Notes on Its Relations with Arabia" * Joseph Henninger, "Pre-Islamic Bedouin Religion" * Moshe Gil, "Jews of Yathrib" * Fazlur Rahman, "Pre-Foundations of the Muslim Community in Mecca" * Uri Rubin, "Hanifiyya and Ka 'ba: An Inquiry into the Arabian Background of Din Ibrahim" * More on Pre-Islamic Religion in the Arabian Peninsula * Hamilton A.R. Gibb, "Pre-Islamic Monotheism in Arabia" * W. Montgomery Watt, "Belief in a 'High God' in Pre-Islamic Mecca" * Uri Rubin, "The Kaaba: Aspects of Its Ritual Functions and Position in Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Times" * Chapter Five Possible Influences on Muhammad's Inspiration * Jewish Historians on the Jews of Arabia * Baron on Pre-Islamic, Arab-Jewish Relations in Arabia * Chapter Six The Jews of Arabia: A Recent Re-Examination * Chapter Seven Richard Bell's Origin of Islam in its Christian Environment * Chapter Eight W. Montgomery Watt's Muhammad at Mecca * The Daughters of Allah or the So-called Satanic Verses * More on the "Daughters of Allah" Affair * A Sociological Argument * W. Montgomery Watt's Muhammad at Medina * Chapter Nine Muhammad at Medina: William Muir's Analysis * Muhammad and the Jewish Tribes of Medina * The Battle of Badr * Current Research on the Massacre of the B. Qurayza * The Conquest of Khaybar * Chapter Ten Muhammad and the Jews * Muhammad and the Jews: G.D. Newby's Re-Examination of the Evidence * Chapter Eleven Concluding Sociological Reflections * Abu Bakr and the Ridda * Notes * Bibliography * Index
Responsibility: Irving M. Zeitlin.


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"Zeitlin's approach is novel and intriguing." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute "This book will be of value to serious students of Islamic history as well as educated readers generally. Read more...

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