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Author: Sheila Blair

Islam is a religion of the word. The central miracle of the faith is that God sent down a revelation to the Prophet Muhammad during the opening decades of the seventh century CE in the Hijaz, the region around the cities of Mecca and Medina in western Arabia. That revelation, delivered in the

In: Religion and the Arts
Author: Brannon Wheeler

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156852710X501342 Numen 57 (2010) 341–388 Gift of the Body in Islam: The Prophet Muhammad’s Camel Sacrifice and Distribution of Hair and Nails at his Farewell Pilgrimage Brannon Wheeler United States Naval Academy, Center for Middle

In: Numen

I. Biblical predictions of the advent of the Prophet Muĥammad are rarely adduced in the theological writings of Muʿtazilite authors and those who referred to them clearly considered this to be a secondary strategy at best. 1 Zaydī Muʿtazilites were less hesitant than their Sunnī counterparts

In: Arabica


This short contribution explores the history of depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in Islamic traditions at the same time as it tackles responses to the 2015 ISIS attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. It aims to show that devotional images of the Prophet have not been historically prohibited in Islamic lands through an analysis of pre-modern jurisprudential texts. The explicit “ban” is instead a distinctly contemporary phenomenon particular to conservative, in particular Saudi-Salafi, spheres. Moreover, a long and rich tradition of prophetic iconography has thrived in Turkish and Persian lands. Such figural representations are examined in order to demonstrate how Muhammad has fulfilled a range of religious, cultural, and social needs over the centuries. After the Danish cartoon controversy of 2005-6, images of Muhammad blossomed once again in Iran, where the government supported a range of artistic efforts to retrieve his legacy and praise his status as the Messenger of God. Thus, while a number of Muslim and non-Muslim discourses promoting an ostensible “ban” of images of the Prophet were loudly present during the 2005-6 and 2015 cartoon controversies, such discourses should be considered essentially a contemporary innovation begotten by ideological and political contestations unfolding on the international stage today.

In: Seen and Unseen: Visual Cultures of Imperialism
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Author: Karen Ruffle

( sabr ), and faith ( imān ). Third, Fatima’s impassioned speech claiming her right to inherit the orchards at Fadak is rooted in her status as Mohammad’s daughter and, more importantly, as a Muslim woman. Keywords Fatima al-Zahrā, Prophet Muhammad, Fadak, Hyderabad, dowry, father-daughter relationship

In: Journal of Persianate Studies

THE PRAYER UPON THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (TASLIYA): A MANIFESTATION OF ISLAMIC RELIGIOSITY CRISTINA DE LA PUENTE Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid ABSTRACT This article is a study of the supererogatory prayer called tasliya, uttered by the believer after the name of the

In: Medieval Encounters
Author: C.E. Bosworth

A DRAMATISATION OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S LIFE: HENRI DE BORNIER'S MAHOMET BY C. E. BOSWORTH University of Manchester I Henri, Vicomte de Bornier ( I82s-IgoI ), is a dramatist held in no great esteem by modern critics of French literature, but one who achieved a considerable reputation in his

In: Numen
The Prophet Muḥammad’s Nocturnal Journey to Heaven and Hell. Text and Translation of Cod. Or. 1713 in the Library of Leiden University
Texts about the nocturnal journey of the Prophet Muḥammad (Mi‘rāj) abound in the Muslim world and outside. International attention has never been afforded to any version of text in any language of the Indonesian archipelago. One old version of the text from the area, the Malay Hikayat Mir’āj Nabi Muḥammad is presented here in Malay and English translation. The introductory chapters place the text in a wider context in Indonesian literatures while the manuscript of the text (Cod.Or. Leiden 1713) is described in detail. The text and translation purport to enhance interest in this important text in the Muslim world as seen from the Malay/Indonesian perspective.