The Historical Muhammad
By (author) Irving M. Zeitlin
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Historical Muhammad by Irving M. Zeitlin
Book DescriptionIn his quest for the historical Muhammad, Zeitlin's chief aim is to catch glimpses of the birth of Islam and the role played by its extraordinary founder. Islam, as its Prophet came to conceive it, was a strict and absolute monotheism. How Muhammad had arrived at this view is not a problem for Muslims, who believe that the Prophet received a revelation from Allah or God, mediated by the Angel Gabriel. For scholars, however, interested in placing Muhammad in the historical context of the seventh-century Arabian Peninsula, the source of the Prophets inspiration is a significant question. It is apparent that the two earlier monotheisms, Judaism and Christianity, constituted an influential presence in the Hijaz, the region comprising Mecca and Medina. Indeed, Jewish communities were salient here, especially in Medina and other not-too-distant oases. Moreover, in addition to the presence of Jews and Christians, there existed a third category of individuals, the Hanifs, who, dissatisfied with their polytheistic beliefs, had developed monotheistic ideas. Zeitlin assesses the extent to which these various influences shaped the emergence of Islam and the development of the Prophets beliefs. He also seeks to understand how the process set in motion by Muhammad led, not long after his death, to the establishment of a world empire.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745639994
(227mm x 154mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Irving M. Zeitlin
Jews, Paperback (March 2012)
* A groundbreaking new study by a leading scholar on the history of the Jews and the process by which they became a diaspora people. * Wide-ranging in scope, from the expulsion of Jews from their ancestral homeland in the Ancient world to the 'Final Solution' and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Historical Muhammad, Hardback (January 2007)
In his quest for the historical Muhammad, Zeitlins chief aim is to catch a few reliable glimpses of the birth of Islam and the role played by its extraordinary founder. The result is a rich and highly illuminating portrait of Muhammad that places him within the historical context of his time.
Religious Experience, Paperback (September 2003)
For courses in the Sociology, Philosophy, and Psychology of Religion in the departments of Sociology and Religious Studies, this text covers the major thinkers from the time of the 18th century Enlightenment through the 20th century, and discusses all classical works, providing chapters on each participant in historical order.
Ideology and the Development of Sociological Theory, Hardback (October 2000)» View all books by Irving M. Zeitlin
This book provides complete, systematic expositions of the classical sociological thinkers, theories, and concepts--from the 18th-century Enlightenment to the 20th century.
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Author Biography - Irving M. Zeitlin
Irving M. Zeitlin, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Toronto
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