Muhammad and the Origins of Islam (Suny Series in Near Eastern Studies)

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'Peters writes very well. The scholarship is excellent, and the book fills a gap in the available material. There are several lives of the Prophet, but none that does what this one does. Most are written to prove a particular thesis about the nature of the Prophet's career. This one simply puts down what can be known with any certainty about the career of Muhammad from the point of view of the contemporary secular historian.'
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Editorial Reviews

The biographies of the Prophet of Islam are legion, but Peters (Middle Eastern studies, New York U.) offers considerable more than most by giving the reader access to the same sources he uses, thereby not only allowing alternative readings and interpretations, but also demonstrating the difficulties and latitude of historians. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791418765
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Series: SUNY Series in Near Eastern Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,340,014
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents



1. The Founding Fathers

Abraham and Ishmael in the Hijaz
Father Qusayy and the Quraysh
The Sons of Qusayy

2. The Colonial Era in Arabia

Arabian Clients and Tributaries
The Tribes of the South
The Abyssinians Invade

3. The Arabian Oikoumene

Hashim the Trader
Northern Neighbors
The Shahs and Arabia
The Commerce of Mecca

4. The Family and City of Muhammad

A Celebrated Grandfather
"The Men Who Have the Elephant"
The Security of the Quraysh
Buying and Selling in the Sacred Months
A Religious Sodality: The Hums
The Persian Occupation of the Kingdom of Himyar
The Birth of Muhammad ibn Abdullah

5. The Gods and the Shrine

The Gods and Worship at Mecca
The Pilgrimage Before Islam
The Worship of the One True God
Personal Devotions
Muhammad and Meccan Paganism

6. A Prophet at Mecca

Coming of Age in Mecca
The Prophetic Summons
A Heavenly Journey
The Earliest Sura?
Muhammad's Public Preaching
The Warning
God on High
The Call to Prayer

7. The Migration to Medina

The Opposition of the Quraysh
The Deaths of Khadija and Abu Talib
An Invitation from a Distant Oasis
A Turn to Armed Resistance
The Hijra (622 A.D.)

8. The City of the Prophet

Jews and Arabs
Muhammad Settles In
The Medina Agreement

9. Fighting in God's Cause

Violence in the Sacred Month
The Battle at the Badr Wells
From Badr to the Battle of the Trench
The Banu Qurayza
A New Tactic
The Northern Oases
The 'Umra Fulfilled
A Daring Raid into Syria

10. "The Truth Has Come and Falsehood Has Passed Away"

The Fall of Mecca
The Smashing of the Idols
Hunayn, Ta’if, and the 'Umra
The Malingerers
The Establishment of an Islamic Umma, with Dues
The Hajj of Year 9: The Break with the Pagans
The Idolators Submit

11. The Pilgrimage of Farewell

An Islamic Pilgrimage
The Ban on the Pagans
The Calendar Reformed

12. Illness and Death

Appendix: The Quest of the Historical Muhammad




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