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The Generalship of Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah

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/9780813037660.003.0009
The Generalship of Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah

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The closing chapter examines the military techniques of Muhammad, both in insurgency and conventional operations, by placing him within the known military science of his era and beyond. His field craft, organization, training, and logistics are evaluated in relation to ideas posited by the best military minds of the era, among them Frontinus, Polyaenus, Maurice, Onasander, and Sun Tzu. Additional comparisons are made of Muhammad's techniques to those calculated by more modern observers of the military art, such as Carl von Clausewitz, Waldemar Erfurt, and Hugo von Freytag-Loringhoven, while analyses by Eric Hoffer and Saul Alinsky are marshalled to an evaluation of Muhammad's political acumen. Chapter 8 concludes with a final assessment of Muhammad as a military commander and of why he ranks among the other great leaders of his era.

Keywords: Frontinus; Polyaenus; Maurice; Onasander; Sun Tzu; Carl von Clausewitz; Eric Hoffer; Saul Alinsky; insurgency; conventional operations

Chapter.  8123 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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