From Elation to Despair

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:
From Elation to Despair

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Chapter 4 studies the various ways Muhammad exploited his victory at Badr. Using a minor incident as pretext, he expelled the Banu al-Qaynuqa, one of the Jewish tribes, from Madinah. He initiated the assassination of openly critical opponents of his movement, such as Asma bint Marwan, Abu ʽAfak, and Kaʽb bin al-Ashraf. He prepared military operations against neighboring tribes that had agreements with the Quraysh. Hoping to quash the Muslims, the Quraysh organized a major campaign against them, which culminated in the battle of Uhud. Chapter 4 concludes by explaining Muhammad's defeat at this battle, considers alternate possibilities as to how the battle unfolded, and discusses why the Quraysh failed to exploit their victory at Uhud.

Keywords: Al-Qaynuqa; Asma bint Marwan; Abu ʽAfak; Kaʽb bin al-Ashraf; Uhud; defeat; assassination

Chapter.  11049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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