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The Emergence of Islam
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Gabriel Said Reynolds tells the story of Islam in this brief illustrated survey, beginning with Muhammad's early life and rise to power, then tracing the origins and development of the Qur’an juxtaposed with biblical literature, and concluding with an overview of modern and fundamentalist narratives of the origin of Islam. Reynolds offers a fascinating look at the structure and meaning of the Qur'an, revealing the ways in which biblical language is used to advance the Qur'an's religious meaning. Reynolds' analysis identifies the motives that shaped each narrative—Islamic, Jewish, and Christian. The book’s conclusion yields a rich understanding of diverse interpretations of Islam’s emergence, suggesting that its emergence is itself ever-developing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Illustrations and Features
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Illustration Acknowledgments
  2. pp. viii-9
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Timeline of Traditional Chronology from the Birth of Muhammad to the Death of 'Ali
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. The Family Tree of the Prophet Muhammad according to the Traditional Biography
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Part 1: The Prophet Muhammad and the Rightly Guided Caliphs
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Introduction to Part 1: Historical Overview
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. Chapter 1: Muhammad in Mecca
  2. pp. 11-30
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  1. Chapter 2: Muhammad in Medina
  2. pp. 31-58
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  1. Chapter 3: The Birth of an Empire
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. Conclusion to Part One
  2. pp. 79-82
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  1. Part 2: The Qur'an
  2. pp. 83-84
  1. Introduction to Part 2: History and Literature
  2. pp. 85-92
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  1. Chapter 4: The Qur'an and Its Message
  2. pp. 93-120
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  1. Chapter 5: The Qur'an and the Bible
  2. pp. 121-134
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  1. Chapter 6: Rethinking the Biography of the Prophet
  2. pp. 135-152
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  1. Chapter 7: The Historical Context of the Qur'an
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. Conclusion to Part Two
  2. pp. 167-168
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  1. Part 3: Contemporary Perspectives
  2. pp. 169-170
  1. Introduction to Part 3: Classical Texts and Contemporary Religion
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. Chapter 8: Contemporary Muslim Narratives of Islam’s Emergence
  2. pp. 173-204
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. Glossary of Proper Names and Technical Terms
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Bibliography and Further Reading
  2. pp. 213-222
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-226
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