The first Muslims: history and memory

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Oneworld, 2008 - Religion - 254 pages
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A fresh look at the origins and development of Islam, this is a fascinating reconstruction of the formative era of the Muslim community. Using a wealth of classical Arabic sources, it chronicles the lives of the Prophet Muhammad, his Companions, and the subsequent two generations of Muslims, together known as the the Pious Forebears. This accessible book takes a close look at the embryonic Muslim communities and explains the impact of the earliest converts on the development of Islam and its current beliefs.

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The first part of the book provides a historical survey of the first three generations of Muslims. It is in this area that Afsaruddin shines. She presents a history of the first three generations that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Rossiter - Goodreads

This book by Asma Afsaruddin, who is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University is, on the face of it, a history of the earliest Muslims, in particular the Rashidun Caliphs ... Read full review


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The End of RightlyGuided Leadership
The Age of the Companions

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Afsaruddin is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Univesity of Notre Dame.

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