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In Search of Muhammad

by Bennett, Clinton

  • ISBN: 9780304704019
  • ISBN10: 0304704016

In Search of Muhammad

by Bennett, Clinton

  • List Price: $56.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Cassell
  • Publish date: 01/01/2005
  • ISBN: 9780304704019
  • ISBN10: 0304704016
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Description: This study explores different understandings of Muhammad in an attempt to understand why, Muslims -- for whom he represents the highest human idea -- the Prophet's name, memory and example are universally revered. It examines the sources available to us in reconstructing his biography and questions their reliability. What similarities and differences arise as a result of different starting points?

The book summarizes traditional Muslim views, more radical Muslim feminist critiques, and a range of non-Muslim approaches. The extreme skepticism of Patricia Crone and Michael Cook is contrasted with the work of W. M. Watt. Two chapters survey non-Muslim accounts of the Prophet. Radically different appraisals are based on identical data. But Muhammad has also meant different things to different Muslims -- Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi, Wahhabi, and modernist. This diversity is explored and material in this section enhances the book's usefulness as a guide to the development of theological and political discourse in Islam. The conclusion contains detailed discussion of the Salman Rushdie Affair and suggests a way forward for Christian-Muslim dialogues.

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