Muhammad and the Empires of Faith: The Making of the Prophet of Islam

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Univ of California Press, 2020 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages

In Muhammad and the Empires of Faith, Sean W. Anthony demonstrates how critical readings of non-Muslim and Muslim sources in tandem can breathe new life into the historical study of Muhammad and how his message transformed the world. By placing these sources within the intellectual and cultural world of Late Antiquity, Anthony offers a fresh assessment of the earliest sources for Muhammad's life, taking readers on a grand tour of the available evidence, and suggests what new insights stand to be gained from the techniques and methods pioneered by countless scholars over the decades in a variety of fields. Muhammad and the Empires of Faith offers both an authoritative introduction to the multilayered traditions surrounding the life of Muhammad and a compelling exploration of how these traditions interacted with the broader landscape of Late Antiquity.

 

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Contents

The Making of the Historical Muh ammad
1
The Earliest Evidence
25
Arabic inscription of alRayyān ibn ʿAbdallāh mentioning the construction
36
Muh ammad the Merchant
59
The Beginnings of the Corpus
85
Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago no 17653 a late second
100
The Letters of Urwah ibn alZubayr
102
The Court Impulse
129
ninthcentury Egyptian papyrus fragment containing traditions of
145
Prophecy and Empires of Faith
175
Muhammad and Caedmon
204
The Future of the Historical Muhammad
235
Bibliography
241
Index
277
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Sean W. Anthony is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University and author of The Caliph and the Heretic: Ibn Saba and the Origins of Shiism and Crucifixion and Death as Spectacle: Umayyad Crucifixion in its Late Antique Context.

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