Texts and Readings:
main text for this course is Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat
Rasul Allah, translated as The
Life of Muhammad by A. Guillaume.
Other sources will be available on reserve in the Hartford
Seminary Library; some of these sources are available for purchase
in the Hartford Seminary Bookstore.
note: the readings
may be adjusted during the semester according to circumstances.
Prophet in the Qur’an: student search; Zarabozo, 103-147.
Class One (Sept. 9)
Two (Sept. 16)
Arabia: Ibn Ishaq,
3-28; Donner 11-49; Shahid, 3-29; Watt, Mecca,
16-30; Hodgson, 129, 152, 168.
Three (Sept. 23)
Ibn Ishaq, 111-145.
Opposition; Abyssinia; Boycott: Ibn Ishaq 143-194.
Four (Sept. 30)
of Aqaba; Hijra:
Tabari, v. 6, 112-152.
Constitution of Medina and the Position of Muhammad as Head of
State: Watt, Medina,
Five (Oct. 7)
(Badr 3:13, 3:123; Uhud 3:121-128, 152-155, 165-168); Lings,
135-154; Ibn Ishaq, 370-390.
Six (Oct. 14)
The Prophet’s wives and relationship with women: Ibn Ishaq,
bottom 493-487 (Slander against Aisha); Quran 24:11-34; 33:6,
33:28-35; Kahf, 147-171; Armstrong, 164-210.
Seven (Oct. 21)
of Hudaybiyah: Ibn
Return to Mecca: Ibn
Ishaq, 546-555; film: The
Eight (Oct. 28)
of Hunayn: Ibn Ishaq 566-597 (skip the poetry).
years in Medina; Farewell Pilgrimage: Lings,
Nine (Nov. 4)
Ten (Nov. 11)
Prophet in the Hadith and Spiritual Life of Muslims:
Al-Ghazali, “The Book of the Conduct of Life as Exemplified
by the Prophetic Character,” Book XX of the Ihya
‘Ulum al-Din or Al-Muwatta,
437-492 or, Sahih Muslim,
Kitab al-Fada’al [my
edition: v. 4, 1230-1272]; Schimmel, And
Muhammad is His Messenger, 3-55. (Mawlids; Sufi music).
Eleven (Nov. 18)
Christian and Orientalist Image of the Prophet: Norman
Daniel, Islam and the West: the making of an image (Oxford: Oneworld, 1993), 35-129.
25: No class
(Eid al-Fitr; Reading week).
Twelve (Dec. 2)
Studies on the Prophet: Rodinson,
23-85; Fueck, 86-98.
Thirteen (Dec. 3)
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet.