Chapter

The Insurgency Grows

Russ Rodgers

in The Generalship of Muhammad

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037660
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037660.003.0003
The Insurgency Grows

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Chapter 2 explores the Madinah-Muhammad relationship in several particulars: (1) Muhammad's involvement in the city's cultural milieu; (2) the differences between the Muhajirun, emigrants who came from Makkah, and the Ansar, native converts to Islam in Madinah; (3) the social, political, and economic organization of the city; and (4) the ways Muhammad prepared Madinah to support his future military operations against the Quraysh and their allies. Within this context, particular attention is directed to examining Muhammad's political instrument of governance, the Covenant of Madinah, in light of his relationship with the city's three major Jewish tribes. Turning to early Islamic sources that note the difficulty of providing adequate supplies for the early Muslim fighters, chapter 2 also considers food production in Madinah. Finally, the chapter examines a unique aspect of an asymmetric insurgency-development of manipulated opposition, which allows for the continued expansion of an insurgency's base.

Keywords: insurgency; Muhajirun; Ansar; Covenant of Madinah; food production; Jewish tribes; manipulated opposition

Chapter.  10799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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