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Contents Chronology of Muhammad¿s life Chapter 1: Why a Biography of Muhammad is Relevant Today Is Islam a religion of peace? Why it matters Dueling Muhammads Why Muhammad matters Polite fictions are useless The purpose of this book Why I did not want to write this book Death to ¿blasphemers¿ Defending freedom of speech General notes Chapter 2: In search of the historic Muhammad What can we really know about Muhammad? The Qur¿an The Hadith The sira Historical fact and Muslim belief Chapter 3: Muhammad becomes a prophet Arabia before Muhammad Muhammad¿s early life Khadija The first visitation The suicidal despair returns Chapter 4: Muhammad¿s revelations and their sources Borrowings from Judaism ¿Tales of the ancients¿ Borrowings from Christianity Other borrowings Revelations of convenience? The consequences Modern embarrassment Chapter 5: ¿A warner in the face of a terrific punishment¿ Difficulties with the Quraysh The evolution of the command to wage war The Satanic verses The Night Journey Chapter 6: Muhammad becomes a warlord The Hijra The covenant between the Muslims and the Jews The conversion of Abdullah and tensions with the rabbis The Hypocrites The Nakhla raid The break with the Jews and the change of qibla (direction for prayer) Chapter 7: ¿War is deceit¿ The Battle of Badr Allah fights for the Muslims The problem of booty The Qaynuqa Jews Anger toward Jews and Christians Assassination and deceit The Quraysh strike back Assuaging doubts after Uhud The deportation of the Banu Nadir Chapter 8: Casting terror into their hearts The Battle of the Trench Dealing with the Banu Qurayzah Finding excuses for a massacre The women of the Banu Mustaliq Abdullah bin Ubayy and praying for one¿s enemies The Treaty of Hudaybiyya The raid at Khaybar The poisoning of Muhammad The spoils of Khaybar Chapter 9: Victorious through terror The conquest of Mecca Apostates to be killed Muhammad at the Ka¿bah The Battle of Hunayn and mastery of Arabia Invitations to Islam The Tabuk raid Collecting the jizya The last pilgrimage: the rights of women and the expulsion of the pagans The murder of the poets Muhammad¿s final illness After Muhammad Chapter 10: Muhammad¿s legacy Pedophile prophet? Misogynist? Draconian punishments? Warrior prophet? Islamic tolerance? A kinder, gentler Muhammad The veneration of Muhammad Imitating Muhammad today Frightening reality What is to be done Acknowledgments Notes Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Muáohammad, Prophet, d. 632.
Islam -- History.
Islam -- Controversial literature.