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.
Sean W. Anthony
California Uni Pr Trade
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21 April 2020
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments The Caliphs, 632-809 Introduction: The Making of the Historical Muhammad PART I. BEFORE THE SIRAH-MAGHAZI LITERATURE 1. The Earliest Evidence Three Early Non-Muslim Testimonies to Muhammad Revisiting the Doctrina Iacobi The Keys to Paradise in Late Antique Religious Discourse The Keys to Paradise in Early Islamic Preaching The Doctrina Iacobi and the Historical Muhammad 2. Muhammad the Merchant The Earliest Depictions of Muhammad as a Merchant Muhammad's Occupation in the Hadith and Sirah-Maghazi Literature Muhammad as a Trader in Arabic Sources Muhammad and the Monk The Merchants of Mecca PART II. THE BEGINNINGS OF HTE SIRAH-MAGHAZI LITERATURE 3. The Beginnings of the Corpus The Umayyads and the Beginnings of the Sirah-Maghazi Tradition 'Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan and 'Urwah ibn al-Zubayr 4. The Letters of 'Urwah ibn al-Zubayr The Chains of Transmission for 'Urwah's Letters A Translation of the Letters Attributed to 'Urwah ibn al-Zubayr Letter 1. From the Persecutions in Mecca to the Hijrah to Yathrib Letter 2. Khadijah's death and the Prophet's marriage to 'A'ishah Letter 3. The Battle of Badr Letter 4. On al-Hudaybiyah, a Gloss on Q. Mumtahinah 60:10-12 Letter 5. The Conquest of Mecca and al-Ta'if Letter 6. On the Hums Letter 7. 'A'ishah's Accusers Letter 8. On Khuwaylah, the wife of Aws ibn al-Samit, a Gloss on Q. Mujadalah 58:1-4 Letter 9. On the Prophet's Marriage to a Sister of al-Ash'ath ibn Qays 5. The Court Impulse Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri and the Umayyads 132 The Corpus of Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri 140 Ibn Ish.aq and the Abbasids 150 The Corpus of Ibn Ish.aq 158 PART III. LOCATING THE SIRAH-MAGHAZI LITERATURE IN LATE ANTIQUITY 6. Prophecy and Empires of Faith Prophecy and the Rhetoric of Empire The Vision of Heraclius Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri's Christian Source Translatio Imperii in the Early Sirah-Maghazi Literature 7. Muhammad and Caedmon Caedmon's Call and The Iqra' Narrative From Muhammad's Call to Caedmon's Call Mechanisms of Narrative Influence The Iqra' Narrative-Early, but not Historical Excursus: Alternative Accounts of Muhammad's First Revelation Epilogue: The Future of the Historical Muhammad Bibliography Index
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.
Reviews for Muhammad and the Empires of Faith: The Making of the Prophet of Islam
This carefully researched book provides a thorough analysis . . . [as well as] a new perspective on the study of Muhammad and makes a significant contribution to the scholarly literature. Recommended. * CHOICE * This book should be required reading for any scholar or graduate student of early Islam or Late Antiquity. * Journal of the American Academy of Religion *