Heretic and Hero: Muhammad and the Victorians

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 107 pages
This book is concerned with Western images of Muhammad and Islam, and examines changing attitudes to the Prophet and Islam in 19th-century England: It analyzes the shifts in images of the Prophet from that of the profligate, heretical, lustful, ambitious imposter of the late medieval and early modern period to the much more sympathetic portrayal of Muhammad in the 19th century as a noble Arab, sincere, heroic, pious and courageous. It argues that such changing images were the result of increasing knowledge about the origins of Islam and of various social, intellectual and political changes in the West. It demonstrates that the meaning of Islam for the West was created in the complex relations between the "fact" of Islam and the Western "myth" about it.
 

Contents

Prologue
1
Heretic and Hero
3
Muhammad and Satan
7
The Imposter
10
The Deluded Enthusiast
16
Muhammads Sincerity
18
Muhammad as an Epileptic
20
From Mecca to Medina
28
Pleasures and Paradise
44
Muhammad and the Miraculous
49
The Night Journey 35535
53
The Profligate Prophet?
63
The Prophet and the Book
65
The Prophetic Potpourri
70
The Religion of the Book
78
Islam and Culture
81

Muhammad the Prophet?
31
Portraits of the Prophet 333
33
Muhammad and the Sword
35
Predestination and Fatalism
41
The Noble Arab?
88
Bibliography
97
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