The first Muslims: history and memory

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Oneworld, 2008 - Religion - 254 pages
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A fresh look at the origins and development of Islam, this is a fascinating reconstruction of the formative era of the Muslim community. Using a wealth of classical Arabic sources, it chronicles the lives of the Prophet Muhammad, his Companions, and the subsequent two generations of Muslims, together known as the the Pious Forebears. This accessible book takes a close look at the embryonic Muslim communities and explains the impact of the earliest converts on the development of Islam and its current beliefs.

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As Bruce Lawrence has called it: "Highly readable and aptly revisionist..." Excellent. This should be required reading for muslims in the West today. Even if you don't agree with her conclusions 100%, the book is a great summary of the history of our early forbears (salaf al-salih). Read full review


The Issue of Succession to the Prophet
The End of RightlyGuided Leadership
The Age of the Companions

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Afsaruddin is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Univesity of Notre Dame.

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