Arabia in the 6th-early 7th centuries c.e.
The Prophet Muhammad and his companions advancing on
attended by the angels Gabriel, Michael, Israfil and Azrail.
Siyer-i Nebi 1595.
Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi, Hazine 1223, folio 298a
- Read Crone, Baron, and Watt; and Kennedy, The
Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates, pp. 1-14. Write one form
only. Due Sunday January 30. Please note that next week's form
is also due on January 30. From now on, the form(s) will be due the
Sunday PRIOR to the week in which we discuss the material.
- Crone , "Rise
of Islam," from her Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam,
Study guide for Crone.
- Baron , "Pre-Islamic
Period," from his Social and Religious History of the Jews.
- Watt , "Assessment,"
from his Mohammad, Prophet and Statesman, ;Study
Guide for Watt
- An optional reading: Treadgold , "Two Fights for Survival:
610-668." Study guide for Treadgold
- One of the major sources for our knowledge of Arabia in
the time of and just prior to Muhammad is, of course, the Quran. There
are a number of WEB sites which include full texts in English and/or
Arabic of the Quran. Various translations of the Qur' an can be reached
on-line through the Qur'an Database
- There is a site at the University of Southern California
that is helpful in demonstrating differences in Qur'an translations;
when you click on a Surah, it brings up three translations of the Qur'an
(by Pickthall, Yusuf Ali, and M. H. Shakir) together line by line.
- Additional Readings
for this Week