Chapter

The Road to Badr

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/9780813037660.003.0004
The Road to Badr

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The battle of Badr marks the early Muslim movement's first major triumph. Prior to this battle, significant battlefield success had largely eluded Muhammad's warriors. Chapter 3 considers key elements of this military engagement in turn: (1) Muhammad's decision to organize his largest operation to date to bag a Qurayshi caravan inbound from Syria; (2) his decision to seek the Ansar's help at the critical moment of recognizing he faced a superior enemy force; and (3) the decision of Qurayshi leaders, such as Abu Jahl, to push decisive engagement against the Muslims rather than accept the lesser success of rescuing the threatened caravan led by Abu Sufyan. In addition to exploring the pressure on Muhammad to gain battlefield success, chapter 3 also explores the conflicts among leading Qurayshi personalities and the problem of morale in their army.

Keywords: Badr; Abu Jahl; Abu Sufyan; caravans; morale; decisive engagement

Chapter.  10821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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