Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam

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Harvard University Press, May 7, 2012 - History - 280 pages
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The origins of Islam have been the subject of increasing controversy in recent years. The traditional view, which presents Islam as a self-consciously distinct religion tied to the life and revelations of the prophet Muhammad in western Arabia, has since the 1970s been challenged by historians engaged in critical study of the Muslim sources. In Muhammad and the Believers, the eminent historian Fred Donner offers a lucid and original vision of how Islam first evolved.

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An exceptionally well written and lucid discussion of early Muslim history. Professor Donner summarizes the recent scholarship on the origins of Islam, pointing out that in the first two or three ... Read full review

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I grew up thinking religion meant teachings of kindness and peace, and that these were among the most central of goals in the earliest forms of most faiths. Naive, I know, but the assumption lingered ... Read full review


1 The Near East on the Eve of Islam
2 Muhammad and the Believers Movement
3 The Expansion of the Community of Believers
4 The Struggle for Leadership of the Community 34 73655692
5 The Emergence of Islam
The umma Document
Inscriptions in the Dome of the Rock Jerusalem
Notes and Guide to Further Reading
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Fred M. Donner is Professor of Near Eastern History in the Oriental Institute and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

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