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The Prophetic Sunna

Reuven Firestone

in Jihād

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195154948
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154948.003.0006
The Prophetic Sunna

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This chapter focuses on Hadīth par excellence, the sunna of the prophet, extracting information that might shed light on early beliefs and attitudes about warring during the mission of Muḥammad. The sunna refers to Muḥammad's acts and statements, which are considered authoritative for the determination of proper Islamic behavior. These prophetic acts and teachings were remembered in the form of short narratives and anecdotes preserved in the heart and minds of Muḥammad's surviving contemporaries and their descendants and students. The traditions in the canonical collections tend to confirm the victory of militant Islam over the less militant factions of the earlier period.

Keywords: Hadīth; prophetic sunna; warring merits; Muḥammad; path of God

Chapter.  2238 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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