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The Eye of the Beholder : The Life of Muhammad as Viewed by the Early Muslims (Uri Rubin)

Rubin (Uri)., The Eye of the Beholder : The Life of Muhammad as Viewed by the Early Muslims, Princeton, The Darwin Press, (“Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam ; 5”), 1995, 289 p.

L’auteur

Uri Rubin est Professeur au Département des études arabes et islamique à l’Université de Tel-Aviv.

Orientations de recherche

Mes domaines de recherche sont les débuts de l’islam, avec un accent particulier sur le Coran, l’exégèse du Coran (Tafsir), et les débuts de la tradition islamique (Sira et les hadith). En 2005, j’ai publié une nouvelle traduction du Coran en hébreu. Récemment, je me suis engagé dans l’étude du statut de Jérusalem (y compris le Dôme du Rocher), dans les débuts de l’Islam, par rapport à celui de la Mecque et de la Kaaba. Mon prochain projet s’articulera autour d’une re-découverte du contexte arabe du Coran (in sha’a llah). Traduction par Mehdi Azaiez du texte d’Uri Rubin extrait de son site internet

Présentation

A textual analysis of the story of Muhammad’s prophetic emergence in Mecca as documented by early Islamic tradition. The author seeks not to judge the historical value of the events described but, rather, to observe their textual dynamics and examine the traditions as a reflection of the self-image of early medieval Islamic society.
Professor Rubin describes the process whereby Muslims read into the life of their prophet their own historical vision of Islam as a successor to previous monotheistic faiths and shows how Muslims sought to provide their prophet with a biography no less sacred than that of any other prophet of the Jews and Christians. The book also explores how certain universal prophetic themes—attestation, preparation, revelation, persecution, and salvation—were adapted to specific Arabian conditions as well as to Qur’anic models adduced to legitimate these themes in Islamic terms. The impact of political tensions within Islamic society on the shaping of Muhammad’s vita is also elucidated.
This book is distinguished not only by its approach and important new conclusions, but also by the broad range of source material : not only biographies of the Prophet, but also numerous collections of traditions and works of Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir), many seldom encountered in modern scholarship.

(Source : Darwinpress)

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