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Muhammad and the Believers

At the Origins of Islam

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$20.50 • £16.95 • €18.50

ISBN 9780674064140

Publication Date: 05/07/2012


304 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

21 halftones, 6 maps

Belknap Press


  • List of Maps*
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note on Conventions
  • 1. The Near East on the Eve of Islam
    • The Empires of the Late Antique Near East
    • Arabia between the Great Powers
    • Mecca and Yathrib (Medina)
  • 2. Muhammad and the Believers’ Movement
    • The Traditional Biography of Muhammad the Prophet
    • The Problem of Sources
    • The Character of the Early Believers’ Movement
  • 3. The Expansion of the Community of Believers
    • Sources
    • The Community in the Last Years of Muhammad’s Life
    • Succession to Muhammad and the Ridda Wars
    • The Character of the Believers’ Early Expansion
    • The Course and Scope of the Early Expansion
    • Consolidation and Institutions of the Early Expansion Era
  • 4. The Struggle for Leadership of the Community, 34–73/655–692
    • Background of the First Civil War
    • The Course of the First Civil War (35–40/656–661)
    • Between Civil Wars (40–60/661–680)
    • The Second Civil War (60–73/680–692)
    • Reflections on the Civil Wars
  • 5. The Emergence of Islam
    • The Umayyad Restoration and Return to the Imperial Agenda
    • The Redefinition of Key Terms
    • Emphasis on Muhammad and the Qur’an
    • The Problem of the Trinity
    • Elaboration of Islamic Cultic Practices
    • Elaboration of the Islamic Origins Story
    • The Coalescence of an “Arab” Political Identity
    • Official vs. Popular Change
  • Appendix A: The umma Document
  • Appendix B: Inscriptions in the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
  • Notes and Guide to Further Reading
  • Glossary
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index
  • * Maps:
    • 1. The Byzantine and Sasanian Empires, ca. 565 C.E.
    • 2. The last Byzantine–Sasanian War, ca. 610–628 C.E.
    • 3. Arabia, ca. 600 C.E.
    • 4. Early campaigns of expansion
    • 5. The civil wars
    • 6. Later campaigns of expansion

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