The Biography of Mu?ammad by H. Motzki
The Issue of the Sources (Islamic History and Civilization)

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This volume deals with the controversial value of the sources on which the biography of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, is based. Discussions on this topic have been going on for more than a century but it has become especially debated during 1980s and 1990s. This book contains ten articles which are the outcome of an international colloquium on the issue. Part one examines the development of the muslim tradition concerning the life of Muhammad while the other part focuses on the historical reliability of the source material. It reflects not only methodological developments in the study of the life of Muhammad but also the improvement of its material-basis due to sources which have become available or which have been neglected.

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Published March 30, 2000 by Brill Academic Publishers. 334 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The first Muslim historians, writing in the third century after the hijra (the emigration of the Muslims to Medina), derived their information from the hadith, oral reports and sayings about the activities of the Prophet and the early community transmitted through the generations.

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