Originally published in Through use of the earliest sources together with psychological and sociological analysis `Ali Dashti brings out the reality of. Twenty Three Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad Ali Dashti brings out the reality of Mohammad’s greatness, dispels the fog of superstition. Twenty Three Years by Ali Dashti, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I have recently read the book: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad. I highly encourage this book to all readers regardless of your views on Islam. This book aims to neither demonize the Prophet nor overly romanticize his life. It simply evaluates him and the scriptures he revealed to his community as a product of their time and culture. The Meccan verses emphasize faith and the love of God.

Dashti states that the Prophet was trying to welcome newcomers into his religion through preaching and kindness.

Twenty Three Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad

In Madinah, Muhammad had community interests to overlook, a religion to spread and a wide array of local political complexities to consider. The Madinah verses are more decisive.

They are the more angry verses that criticize infidels.

He would forgive war criminals if they professed Islam, raid caravans for booty and women, and engage in more decisive legal rulings such as stoning adulterers. The Madinah yearx were more nationalistic, decisive, vengeful. This version of Muhammad is draws criticism in the modern world, and is the Muhammad that Islamist entities like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda follow very closely.


Prophet Muhammad certainly believed he was talking to God but it was his conscience and passion that led to that belief. What compelled me to read it the most: After reading this biography, we can better understand how to read the Quran Scriptures. It takes a rational approach to how Islam was developed instead of the holy one that believes he twennty to heaven on a daashti horse. I acknowledge that I have more to learn.

But twenry book certainly helped expand my critical engagement of Islamic scriptures. Here is a link to a PDF of the book. I look forward to discussing it with you!

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Prophet Muhammad had to deal with politics, intrigue, and warfare in Medina, thus the more militant overtones to some verses. But he also extinguished slavery in all instances dasnti prisoners of war; he set rules of engagement, including making non-combatant army personnel off limits; women that were captured still had rights i.

Regarding the Jewish tribe, they committed an act of treason by any standard, then and now. Even then, the nuance is that they were allowed dasjti pick an arbitrator and they were allowed to be judged based twengy Jewish law and the verdict was still death.


There are very clear hadiths about the assassinations my friend. And rape was never forbidden between captors and slaves. Just examine it honestly, it was your typical conquest with raids and booties and political expansion.

Twenty Three Years : Study of the Prophetic Career of Muhammad

It just so happens this successful hero of history even has his flaws overly romanticized by millions because of his holy legacy spread throughout wide tdenty of the earth. Not just a decisive human as you pointed but a human capable of flaws as well. Like Liked by 1 person.

Even so the definition of rape needs to be evaluated under those jurisprudence. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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