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Representing the Enemy

Musaylima in Muslim Literature

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This work claims that Musaylima served as a prophet for his own people in Yamama in more or less the same way as the Prophet Mu?ammad in Mecca and Medina. However, unlike Islam, Musaylima’s religious movement did not survive. Here, a complete story of Musaylima – his claim of prophethood, qur’an (reading), religious activities, followers, opponents, and defeat – is reconstructed. A critical reading of the sources that contain the accounts of Musaylima is performed. Additionally, this study reveals that the remaining fragments of Musaylima’s qur’an bear substantial similarities to the early Meccan verses of the Qur’an – in terms of diction, style, and pattern. To formulate the findings of this study, there was more than one prophet in the sixth-seventh century of the Arabian peninsula, as Umayya b. Abi ?alt, Abu ‘Amir, Tulay?a, Saja?, Aswad, and Musaylima claimed prophethood. There was more than one qur’an, as Musaylima also revealed his own qur’an. It is possible that other prophets also did so. There was more than one mosque (masjid), since the followers of Abu ‘Amir established their own, as did those of Abu Qays. So did the followers of Musaylima. There was more than one Abrahamic ?anif monotheistic movement in the ?ijaz and around the region, as some figures assumed the same mission.

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Titel: Representing the Enemy
Autoren/Herausgeber: Al Makin
Aus der Reihe: Europäische Hochschulschriften - Reihe XXVII
Ausgabe: 1. Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9783631608623

Seitenzahl: 315
Format: 21 x 14,8 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 440 g
Sprache: Englisch

Al Makin earned his BA from the State Insitute of Islamic Studies, Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1996), his MA from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1999), and his Ph.D. from Heidelberg University, Germany (2008). Between 2009 and 2010 he was a research fellow at the IKGF (International Consortium for Humanities) «The Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe», Ruhr University Germany. He is currently a lecturer at the State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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