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The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad


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Introduction Jonathan E. Brockopp; Part I. Muhammad in His World: 1. The Arabian context of Muhammad's life Walid Saleh; 2. Muhammad's message in Mecca: warnings, signs, and miracles Uri Rubin; 3. Glimpses of Muhammad's Medinan decade Michael Lecker; Part II. Muhammad in History: 4. The Prophet as law-giver and legal authority Joseph Lowry; 5. Personal piety Robert Gleave; 6. Muhammad as pole of existence Carl Ernst; 7. The Prophet Muhammad in ritual Marion Katz; 8. Muslim philosophers' rationalist explanation of Muhammad's prophecy Frank Griffel; 9. Where earth and heaven meet: remembering Muhammad as head of state Asma Afsaruddin; Part III. Muhammad in Memory: 10. Muhammad in sufi eyes: prophetic legitimacy in medieval Iran and Central Asia Shahzad Bashir; 11. European accounts of Muhammad's life John V. Tolan; 12. Religious biography of the Prophet Muhammad in twenty-first-century Indonesia Anna M. Gade; 13. Images of Muhammad in literature, art and music Amir Hussain; 14. Epilogue: Muhammad in the future Abdulkader Tayob.

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A collection of essays by some of the most accomplished scholars in the field exploring the life and legacy of the Prophet.

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Jonathan E. Brockopp is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. A specialist on early Islamic legal texts, he has written widely on Islamic law, ethics, and comparative religions. His books include Early Maliki Law: Ibn Abd al-Hakam and his Major Compendium of Jurisprudence (2000), Judaism and Islam in Practice: A Sourcebook (2000, co-authored with Jacob Neusner and Tamara Sonn), and two edited volumes on Islamic ethics. His article 'Theorizing Charismatic Authority in Early Islamic Law' (2005) advances a new theory for understanding the role of Muhammad in Islamic history.


'... a genuine contribution to the vast field of study of Muhammad ... The chapter subjects are well-conceived and cover a broad and instructive terrain. The individual contributions represent the highest standards of research in the field ... This felicitous combination of thoughtful conceptualization of salient topics and their proficient execution renders this a highly teachable book.' Shahab Ahmed, Harvard University
'Three things above all impressed me about this companion ... the clear explanation and digest of modern Muhammed scholarship made accessible to the ordinary reader and believer and student; the emphasis on ways in which the life and times, prophetic and political gifts of Muhammed impacted on past followers and continue to shape the devotional lives of Muslims today; and how widespread, influential and often conflicting are the representations of Muhammed on global cultural politics today.' Reference Reviews
"Brockopp assembles here a rich collection of essays by leading Western scholars, mostly American, on the life and influence of Muhammad.... Recommended." - Choice

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