God's Generals: The Military Lives of Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad

God's Generals: The Military Lives of Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad

by Richard A. Gabriel

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God's Generals: The Military Lives of Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad by Richard A. Gabriel

Examines how the military experience of three religious founders shaped their spiritual legacy.

It is one of the more startling facts of military history that the founders of three of the four “great religions”—Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam—were also accomplished field generals with extensive experience in commanding men in battle. One of these, Muhammad, fought eight battles and was wounded twice, once almost fatally. Another, Siddhartha Gautama (later to become the Buddha), witnessed so much battlefield carnage that he suffered a psychological collapse. Moses had become so much a “god-intoxicated” personality that it is a reasonable suspicion that he, like the Buddha, was murdered.

Indeed, had the experiences of these men in war not been so successful, it is quite possible that their achievements as religious leaders would never have occurred. For all three, war and religion were so closely intertwined in their personalities that it is difficult to discern where the influence of one ended and the other began.

This book attempts to explore the military lives of Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad, and the role their war experiences played in their religious lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510708662
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 801,466
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Richard A. Gabriel is a distinguished professor in the Department of History and War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and in the Department of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He has also been professor of history and politics at the U.S. Army War College and held the Visiting Chair in Military Ethics at the Marine Corps University. A retired U.S. Army officer, he is the author of numerous books and articles on military history and other subjects, and a regular “talking head” on documentaries.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Maps vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Moses: Israel's First General 1

Chapter 2 Buddha: The Soldier Pacifist 76

Chapter 3 Muhammad: The Warrior Prophet 127

Chapter 4 Legacies of War 177

Notes 204

Bibliography 222

Index 229

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