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Idea of Idolatry and the Emergence of Islam From Polemic to History

ISBN-10: 0521028469

ISBN-13: 9780521028462

Edition: 2006

Authors: G. R. Hawting, David Morgan

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Why and under what circumstances did the religion of Islam emerge in a remote part of Arabia at the beginning of the seventh century? Traditional scholarship maintains that Islam developed in opposition to the idolatrous and polytheistic religion of the Arabs of Mecca and the surrounding regions. In the first book-length study of pre-Islamic Arabian religion, G. R. Hawting adopts a comparative religious perspective to suggest an alternative view. By examining the various bodies of evidence which survive from this period, the Koran and the vast resources of the Islamic tradition, the author argues that in fact Islam arose out of conflict with other monotheists whose beliefs and practices were judged to fall short of true monotheism and were, in consequence, attacked polemically as idolatry. The author is adept at unravelling the complexities of the source material, and students and scholars will find his argument both engaging and persuasive.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 188
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Preface
Note on transliteration and dates
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Religion in the j��hiliyya: theories and evidence
Idols and idolatry in the Koran
Shirk and idolatry in monotheist polemic
The tradition
Names, tribes and places
The daughters of God
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index