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Present at the Dawn of Islam

Shimon Shtober

in The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036496
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036496.003.0005
Present at the Dawn of Islam

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This chapter grapples with major themes of early Islam pertaining to the relationship between the Prophet Muhammad and the Jewish elite who aligned themselves with him. These included Jewish tribes that converted to Islam in the last decade of Muhammad's life. It, however, is also a study of the Jewish tribes that clung to Judaism and were exiled from the Arabian Peninsula or died at the hands of Muslims. The component of the Jewish elite who allied themselves with Muhammad consisted of a tiny force. Thus, on one hand, there were Jews who refused to recognize Muhammad and who remained loyal to their faith and thus faced exile. On the other hand, a small elite collaborated with the Prophet in the early days of Islam.

Keywords: Muhammad; Quran; Arabian peninsula; Hijaz; Nadir; Banu Qurayza

Chapter.  10612 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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