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Muhammad the Prophet and Arabia

1st Edition

By Uri Rubin


360 pages

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This volume comprises articles dealing with qur'anic and post-qur'anic aspects of the Prophet Muhammad's image and religious environment. The pieces in the first section analyse Muhammad's prophecy as reflected in the Qur'an and the post-qur'anic sources of sira (Muhammad's biography), tafsir (Qur'an exegesis), ta'rikh (historiography) and hadith (Muslim tradition). They reveal aspects of the manner in which the post-qur'anic sources have elaborated on the relatively modest qur'anic image of Muhammad for polemical needs as well as due to natural admiration for the prophet of Islam. Articles in the second section study Muhammad's prophetic experience. By concentrating on specific events in Muhammad's life further light can be shed on the post-qur'anic image of Muhammad as developed by the Muslims of the first Islamic era. The articles that comprise the third section look at Muhammad's Arabia, specifically the traditions about Mecca and the Ka`ba as well as at the pre-Islamic Arabian roots of some qur'anic and post-qur'anic ideas and rituals, including the pre-Islamic sacred status of the Ka'ba in relation to that of Jerusalem.


'Overall, this collection of Rubin's articles is a useful resource for the study of the life of the Prophet and the Qur'an … One added benefit of this collection is its thorough index, which is a great boon considering the wealth of information in this volume.' Der Islam 'By looking at pre-Islamic and post-Qurʾanic sources and in some cases juxtaposing Islamic and Jewish sources, Rubin offers a new reading of the Islamic material and makes a major contribution to the field of Islamic studies and the biography of Muhammad.' Al-Masaq

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Muhammad's Prophetic Image: Muhammad and the Qur'an; The Quar'anic idea of prophets and prophethood; Review of G. Lüling, Die Wiederentdeckung des Propheten Muhammad; Pre-existence and light: aspects of the concept of Nur Muhammad; Muhammad the exorcist: aspects of Islamic-Jewish polemics; The shrouded messenger: on the interpretation of al-muzzammil and al-muddaththir. Part II Muhammad's Prophetic Experience: Muhammed's night journey (isra) to al-masjid al-aqsa: aspects of the earliest origins of the Islamic sanctity of Jerusalem; The life of Muhammad and the Qur'an: the case of Muhammed's hijra. Part III Muhammed's Arabia: Abraha; Hanifiyya and Ka'ba: an inquiry into the Arabian pre-Islamic background of din Ibrahim; Between Arabia and the Holy Land: a Mecca-Jerusalem axis of sanctity; The hands of Abu Lahab and the gazelle of the Ka'ba; Quraysh and their winter and summer journey: on the interpretation of Sura 106; Morning and evening prayers in early Islam; On the Arabian origins of the Qur'an: the case of al-furqan; Indexes.

About the Author

Uri Rubin is Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University, Israel

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
RELIGION / Islam / General