The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allah and His People
Based on a critical review of the relevant scholarship, andusing epigraphic and other material evidence as well as moretraditional sources, this book presents a comprehensive andinnovative reconstruction of the rise of Islam as a religion andimperial polity. It reassesses the development of the imperialmonotheism of the New Rome, and the history of the Arabs as anintegral part of late antiquity, and the emergence in this contextof what was to become Muslim monotheism, which is compared with theemergence of other monotheisms from polytheistic systems. Topicsdiscussed include the emergence and development of the Muhammadanpolity and its new cultic deity, its associated ritual, theconstitution of the Muslim canon, and the development of earlyIslam as an imperial religion. Intended principally for scholars oflate antiquity, Islamic studies and the history of religions, thebook opens up many novel directions for future research.