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Muhammad and the Supernatural: Medieval Arab Views examines the element of the supernatural (or miracle stories) in the life of the Prophet Muhammad as depicted in two genres: prophetic biography (sīra) and Qur'ān exegesis (tafsīr).
Part I: Sex 1 The Light of Prophesy: Christian, Jewish and Pagan Attempts 2 “God Knows very well where to place His message” 3 Muhammad’s Conception and the Supernatural Part II: Politics 4 Muhammad’s Public Announcement and the Absence of the Supernatural 5 “Who will aid me in this matter?” 6 Abu Lahab: The Villain Part III: Betrayal 7 Questions of Character: Hatib’s Letter to the Meccans 8 Hatib’s Story in the Tafsir 9 The Necessity of the Supernatural Part IV: Wrath 10 Amir b. Al-Tufayl and Arbad b. Qays: Control and Chaos in the Sira 11 “And God Sent Upon Him a Thunderbolt” 12 Authorial Control and the Supernatural
The nature of the historical period in which the emergence of Islamic civilization occurred has produced vigorous scholarly debate. While the general impact of the newly formed Arab empire on pre-existing cultures is evident to historians, establishing the varied trajectories of the transition from pre-Islamic times to the period in which the establishment of an Islamic social, political, administrative and cultural order is a matter of significant discussion. Routledge Studies in Classical Islam is dedicated to the best scholarship on that period, revealing the difficulties and the complexities in establishing the history of the time. Focusing on the Arab and Persian worlds up to the tenth century, the series includes original textual sources in translation, modern scholarly works not previously available in English, and newly commissioned works dedicated to examining the period critically in light of the evidence that is available to historians today. Every work in this series focuses on the question of "how do we know" when it comes to establishing the history of this controversial period, producing a persuasive body of insightful scholarship as conducted in the academic community today.