The First Muslims: History and Memory

The First Muslims: History and Memory

by Asma Afsaruddin

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Overview

A fresh look at the origins and development of Islam, this is a fascinating reconstruction of the era of the first three generations of Muslims. 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". Examining the adoption in contemporary times of these early Muslims as legitimizing figureheads for a variety of causes, both religious and political, Afsaruddin tries to establish where their sympathies really lay. Essential reading for anyone interested in the inception of the Islam, this important book will captivate the general reader and student alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780744483
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 556 KB

About the Author

Asma Afsaruddin is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She is the author of /Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership/.
Asma Afsaruddin is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She is the author of /Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Writing about the "First Muslims"
Chapter One: The Rise of Islam and Life of the Prophet Muhammad
Chapter Two: The Issue of Succession to the Prophet
Chapter Three: The Age of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs
Chapter Four: the End of Rightly-Guided Leadership
Chapter Five: The Age of the Companions
Chapter Six: The Age of the Successors
Chapter Seven: The Successors to the Successors I: Administration, Leadership, and Jihad
Chapter Eight: The Successors to the Successors II: Education, Humanism, and Mystical Spirituality
Chapter Nine: Constructing the Pious Forbears: Historical Memory and the Present. Part One: The Islamist Construction
Chapter Ten: Constructing the Pious Forbears: Historical Memory and the Present. Part Two: The Significance of the Salaf al-Salih for the Modernists
Chapter Eleven: Assessment of Islamist and Modernist Views
Conclusion

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