The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity
Allah and His People
Based on epigraphic and other material evidence as well as more traditional literary sources and critical review of the extensive relevant scholarship, this book presents a comprehensive and innovative reconstruction of the rise of Islam as a religion and imperial polity. It reassesses the development of the imperial monotheism of the New Rome, and considers the history of the Arabs as an integral part of Late Antiquity, including Arab ethnogenesis and the emergence of what was to become Muslim monotheism, comparable with the emergence of other monotheisms from polytheistic systems. Topics discussed include the emergence and development of the Muhammadan polity and its new cultic deity and associated ritual, the constitution of the Muslim canon, and the development of early Islam as an imperial religion. Intended principally for scholars of Late Antiquity, Islamic studies and the history of religions, the book opens up many novel directions for future research.
- Outlines what is known about the history of a divinity named Allah prior to the emergence of Islam and as Muslim scripture was being elaborated
- Provides in-depth analysis of the relationship between Islam and late antiquity, synthesising the considerable amount of work that has already been done in this domain
- Synthesises and systematically advances recent scholarship on the composition of the Koran, on Arab ethnogenesis in late antiquity, on Arab polytheism, on Muhammad, and on the character of pre-Muhammadan Arabian monotheistic and monolatrous trends