Cambridge Companion: Muhammad s.a.w.
Jonathan E. Brockopp
As the Messenger of God, Muhammad s.a.w. stands at the heart of the Islamic religion, revered by Muslims throughout the world. The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad comprises a collection of essays by some of the most accomplished scholars in the field who are exploring the life and legacy of the Prophet. The book is divided into three parts, the first charting his biography and the milieu into which he was born, the revelation of the Qur'an, and his role in the early Muslim community. The second part assess his legacy as a law maker, philosopher, and politician. In the third part, chapters examine how Muhammad s.a.w. has been remembered across history in biography, prose, poetry, and, most recently, in film and fiction. Essays are written to engage and inform students, teachers, and readers coming to the subject for the first time. They will come away with a deeper appreciation of the breadth of the Islamic tradition, of the centrality of the role of the Prophet in that tradition, and, indeed, of what it means to be a Muslim today.