Chapter

From the Mountain to the Trench

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/9780813037660.003.0006
From the Mountain to the Trench

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After the defeat at Uhud, Muhammad had to regroup and recover, and chapter 5 focuses on these efforts and their effects. Analysis is offered as to why Muhammad expelled another of the Jewish tribes, the Banu al-Nadir, from Madinah and also as to why the tribe failed to resist. It also examines the Qurayshi attempt to deliver one final blow to the Muslim movement by besieging Madinah, examining in detail both the organization of the Qurayshi coalition and the logistical support necessary to send this force against the city. Muhammad's preparations to resist the assault are similarly considered, especially his use of a trench to block the most favorable avenues of approach to the city. Of key interest is Muhammad's skillful use of a secret agent to break up the Qurayshi coalition, a stratagem which culminated in the destruction of the last major Jewish presence in Madinah, the Banu Qurayzah. Chapter 5 concludes with detailed examination of Muslim logistics and discussion of evidence that Muhammad was beginning to receive foreign aid for his movement.

Keywords: Banu al-Nadir; logistical support; trench; secret agents; Banu Qurayzah; foreign aid

Chapter.  14488 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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