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The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad


Part of Cambridge Companions to Religion

Jonathan E. Brockopp, Walid Saleh, Uri Rubin, Michael Lecker, Joseph Lowry, Robert Gleave, Carl Ernst, Marion Katz, Frank Griffel, Asma Afsaruddin, Shahzad Bashir, John V. Tolan, Anna M. Gade, Amir Hussain, Abdulkader Tayob
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521713726

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  • As the Messenger of God, Muhammad stands at the heart of the Islamic religion, revered by Muslims throughout the world. The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad comprises a collection of essays by some of the most accomplished scholars in the field exploring the life and legacy of the Prophet. The book is divided into three sections, the first charting his biography and the milieu into which he was born, the revelation of the Qur'ān, and his role within the early Muslim community. The second part assesses his legacy as a law-maker, philosopher, and politician and, finally, in the third part, chapters examine how Muhammad has been remembered across history in biography, prose, poetry, and, most recently, in film and fiction. Essays are written to engage and inform students, teachers, and readers coming to the subject for the first time. They will come away with a deeper appreciation of the breadth of the Islamic tradition, of the centrality of the role of the Prophet in that tradition, and, indeed, of what it means to be a Muslim today.

    • Gives an overview of Muhammad's life
    • Suitable for classroom instruction; succinct treatment of specific topics
    • Gives access to new and unusual source materials
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    '… a genuine contribution to the vast field of study of Muhammad ... The chapter subjects are well-conceived and cover a broad and instructive terrain. The individual contributions represent the highest standards of research in the field … This felicitous combination of thoughtful conceptualization of salient topics and their proficient execution renders this a highly teachable book.' Shahab Ahmed, Harvard University

    'Three things above all impressed me about this companion … the clear explanation and digest of modern Muhammed scholarship made accessible to the ordinary reader and believer and student; the emphasis on ways in which the life and times, prophetic and political gifts of Muhammed impacted on past followers and continue to shape the devotional lives of Muslims today; and how widespread, influential and often conflicting are the representations of Muhammed on global cultural politics today.' Reference Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521713726
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jonathan E. Brockopp
    Part I. Muhammad in His World:
    1. The Arabian context of Muhammad's life Walid Saleh
    2. Muhammad's message in Mecca: warnings, signs, and miracles Uri Rubin
    3. Glimpses of Muhammad's Medinan decade Michael Lecker
    Part II. Muhammad in History:
    4. The Prophet as law-giver and legal authority Joseph Lowry
    5. Personal piety Robert Gleave
    6. Muhammad as pole of existence Carl Ernst
    7. The Prophet Muhammad in ritual Marion Katz
    8. Muslim philosophers' rationalist explanation of Muhammad's prophecy Frank Griffel
    9. Where earth and heaven meet: remembering Muhammad as head of state Asma Afsaruddin
    Part III. Muhammad in Memory:
    10. Muhammad in sufi eyes: prophetic legitimacy in medieval Iran and Central Asia Shahzad Bashir
    11. European accounts of Muhammad's life John V. Tolan
    12. Religious biography of the Prophet Muhammad in twenty-first-century Indonesia Anna M. Gade
    13. Images of Muhammad in literature, art and music Amir Hussain
    14. Epilogue: Muhammad in the future Abdulkader Tayob.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • History of Religion
    • Intro to Islamic Law and Jurisprudence
    • Islam and Global Affairs
    • Islam and Religous Diversity
    • Islam: Origins, Thought, Practice
    • Islamic Middle East
    • Islamic Origins
    • Medieval Civilization 1
    • The Islamic Middle East
  • Editor

    Jonathan E. Brockopp, Pennsylvania State University
    Jonathan E. Brockopp is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. A specialist on early Islamic legal texts, he has written widely on Islamic law, ethics, and comparative religions. His books include Early Mālikī Law: Ibn Abd al-Hakam and his Major Compendium of Jurisprudence (2000), Judaism and Islam in Practice: A Sourcebook (2000, co-authored with Jacob Neusner and Tamara Sonn), and two edited volumes on Islamic ethics. His article 'Theorizing Charismatic Authority in Early Islamic Law' (2005) advances a new theory for understanding the role of Muhammad in Islamic history.


    Jonathan E. Brockopp, Walid Saleh, Uri Rubin, Michael Lecker, Joseph Lowry, Robert Gleave, Carl Ernst, Marion Katz, Frank Griffel, Asma Afsaruddin, Shahzad Bashir, John V. Tolan, Anna M. Gade, Amir Hussain, Abdulkader Tayob

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