The Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad’s Life and the Beginnings of Islam

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9780812223422
University of Pennsylvania Press
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2015
400 Pages
Paperback
2401

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The oldest Islamic biography of Muhammad, written in the mid-eighth century.

Description

The noble life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has been a source of inspiration and guidance for millions of Muslims around the world. The earliest Islamic biography, written in the 8th century, beautifully captures his passing in Medina in 632, marking the end of an era of divine revelation. However, some earlier sources from various traditions, including Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and Samaritan accounts, suggest that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) miraculously led the triumphant conquest of Palestine in 634-35, further solidifying the Islamic faith’s rapid growth and expansion.

Stephen J. Shoemaker’s insightful analysis of these accounts offers a fascinating glimpse into the early Islamic tradition, showcasing the dynamic and resilient nature of the Muslim community. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions’ belief in the imminent arrival of the eschatological Hour reflects their deep faith and conviction in the divine plan. When the expected event was delayed, the early Muslim community demonstrated remarkable adaptability and growth in their understanding of Allah’s will.

“The Death of a Prophet” is a testament to the rich and complex history of Islamic origins, highlighting the importance of Islamic self-identity and the evolution of the faith. By examining the various sources and traditions, Shoemaker’s work underscores the significance of Islamic scholarship and the enduring legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). This study serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty and strength of Islam, guiding us towards a deeper understanding and appreciation of our noble faith.

Praise and Reviews

"[Shoemaker] develops [previous ideas] substantially, discusses them in the light of recent publications, and also offers highly instructive parallels with the situation in (and scholarship on) early Christianity. . . . [He] has done a very good job of highlighting the issues and giving them sophisticated and thorough discussion, and [The Death of a Prophet] is a worthwhile addition to the fast-expanding body of material on Islamic origins." ― Journal of the American Oriental Society-------------------------------- "A work of utmost importance, and one that has profound implications for our understanding of how Islam began." ― Fred Donner, University of Chicago

About the Author

Stephen J. Shoemaker investigates contradictory traditions about the end of Muhammad's life in the Islamic and non-Islamic sources of the seventh and eighth centuries.

The Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad’s Life and the Beginnings of Islam

The oldest Islamic biography of Muhammad, written in the mid-eighth century.

Description

The noble life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has been a source of inspiration and guidance for millions of Muslims around the world. The earliest Islamic biography, written in the 8th century, beautifully captures his passing in Medina in 632, marking the end of an era of divine revelation. However, some earlier sources from various traditions, including Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and Samaritan accounts, suggest that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) miraculously led the triumphant conquest of Palestine in 634-35, further solidifying the Islamic faith's rapid growth and expansion. Stephen J. Shoemaker's insightful analysis of these accounts offers a fascinating glimpse into the early Islamic tradition, showcasing the dynamic and resilient nature of the Muslim community. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions' belief in the imminent arrival of the eschatological Hour reflects their deep faith and conviction in the divine plan. When the expected event was delayed, the early Muslim community demonstrated remarkable adaptability and growth in their understanding of Allah's will. "The Death of a Prophet" is a testament to the rich and complex history of Islamic origins, highlighting the importance of Islamic self-identity and the evolution of the faith. By examining the various sources and traditions, Shoemaker's work underscores the significance of Islamic scholarship and the enduring legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). This study serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty and strength of Islam, guiding us towards a deeper understanding and appreciation of our noble faith.

Praise and Reviews

"[Shoemaker] develops [previous ideas] substantially, discusses them in the light of recent publications, and also offers highly instructive parallels with the situation in (and scholarship on) early Christianity. . . . [He] has done a very good job of highlighting the issues and giving them sophisticated and thorough discussion, and [The Death of a Prophet] is a worthwhile addition to the fast-expanding body of material on Islamic origins." ― Journal of the American Oriental Society-------------------------------- "A work of utmost importance, and one that has profound implications for our understanding of how Islam began." ― Fred Donner, University of Chicago

About the Author

Stephen J. Shoemaker investigates contradictory traditions about the end of Muhammad's life in the Islamic and non-Islamic sources of the seventh and eighth centuries.
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