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Muslims, Jews and Pagans examines in much detail the available source material on the 'Āliya area south of Medina on the eve of Islam and at the time of the Prophet Muḥammad. It provides part of the necessary background for the study of the Prophet's history by utilizing in addition to the Prophet's biographies, various texts about the history, geography and inhabitants of this area.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0664-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 10,2017
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 201
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0664-2
$45.00

Muslims, Jews and Pagans examines in detail the available source material on the ʿĀliya area south of Medina on the eve of Islam and at the time of the Prophet Muḥammad. It provides part of the necessary background for the study of the Prophet's history by utilizing in addition to the Prophet's biographies, various texts about the history, geography and inhabitants of this area.

The topics include the landscape, especially the fortifications, the delayed conversion to Islam of part of the Aws tribe, the Qubāʾ village and the incident of Masjid al-Ḍirār in 9 AH. The three appendices deal with historical apologetics, pointing to the social context in which the Prophet's biography emerged during the first Islamic century.

Muslims, Jews and Pagans examines in detail the available source material on the ʿĀliya area south of Medina on the eve of Islam and at the time of the Prophet Muḥammad. It provides part of the necessary background for the study of the Prophet's history by utilizing in addition to the Prophet's biographies, various texts about the history, geography and inhabitants of this area.

The topics include the landscape, especially the fortifications, the delayed conversion to Islam of part of the Aws tribe, the Qubāʾ village and the incident of Masjid al-Ḍirār in 9 AH. The three appendices deal with historical apologetics, pointing to the social context in which the Prophet's biography emerged during the first Islamic century.

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Contributor Biography

Michael Lecker

Michael Lecker is Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His work focuses on the social and political history of early Islam, with a particular emphasis on prosopography, and on the biography of Muhammad.

Foreword (v)

Preface (vii)

Introduction (ix)

1. The 'Āliya: orchards and fortresses (1)

2. The Aws Allāh clans (19)

3. Qubā': Muslims, Jews and Pagans (50)

4. The Ḍirār Mosque (74)

Concluding remarks (147)

Appendices (150)

A. Mujammi' b. Jāriya and the Ḍirār Mosque (150)

B. The image problem of Abū Qays b. al-Aslat (154)

C. Abū Qays nearly embraces Islam (156)

Bibliography (165)

Index (171)

Corrigenda to the 1995 edition (181)

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