This course is designed to critically investigate the accounts of Prophet Muhammad’s life, achievements and his relations with Jewish and Christian communities in 6th-7th century Arabia. It will expose students to “classical”, “critical,” and “revisionist” studies/views on the life of the Prophet and the early history of Islam. The course will also examine the perception of the Prophet in Europe and the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad in modern Muslim communities. The reading list includes some of the most recent, ground-breaking studies as well as the earliest sources (in translation) on the subject. By the end of the course, students will have gained an insight into one of the most charismatic figures in human history and the various methods and approaches to the study of his life. The course is suitable for beginner and advanced level students as the reading material for each module is tailored accordingly. The course instructor will provide all reading material and aside from an inquisitive mind there are no prerequisites for the course.
If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.