Frank Peters

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:


For the first half of his life, Muhammad lived in obscurity, first as an orphan raised by relatives, and then as a merchant in Mecca. In his maturity he began to be regarded with curiosity, then with hostility, and finally with reverence as the Messenger or Prophet of God. The revelation he delivered is recorded in the Qur'an. Muhammad was merely the messenger of this revelation, the mortal who delivered God's warnings and promises to audiences in western Arabia early in the 7th century ce. But Muhammad's words and deeds, outside of those involving his revelation, are also considered crucial, not merely for an understanding of the Qur'an but as the model of a Muslim life.

Article.  3768 words. 

Subjects: Islam

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribeRecommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »