A Mangled Corpse

John V. Tolan

in Sons of Ishmael

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032221
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038964 | DOI:
A Mangled Corpse

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This chapter discusses the story of Muhammad's death and burial, along with similar accounts by other Christian authors. These authors show how, according to long established literary and hagiographic topoi, the supposed desecration of the corpse of an enemy is meant to show his disfavor in the eyes of God. The bogus miracle of his floating tomb, however, is meant to help explain why he is revered as a holy man.

Keywords: Muhammad; death; burial; hagiographic topoi; floating tomb; desecration; holy man

Chapter.  6807 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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