Ibrahim (Ayman S.), A Concise Guide to the Life of Muhammad: Answering Thirty Key Questions, East Fulton Road Ada, Baker Academic, 2022, ISBN
An expert in the study of Islam answers thirty important questions about Muhammad, offering a clear and concise guide to his life and religious significance. This companion volume to the author’s A Concise Guide to the Quran answers many of the key questions non-Muslims have about Muhammad, reveals the importance of Muhammad for Christian-Muslim and Jewish-Muslim interfaith relations, and examines Muslim and non-Muslim primary sources. This introductory guide is written for anyone with little to no knowledge of Islam who wants to learn about Muslims, their beliefs, and their prophet.
Ayman S. Ibrahim (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD, Haifa University) is Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Egypt and has taught in various countries in the Muslim world and in the West. His articles on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations have appeared in the Washington Post, Religion News Service, and First Things, among others. Ibrahim has written several books, including The Stated Motivations for the Early Islamic Expansion and A Concise Guide to the Quran.
Chronological Events in Muhammad’s Life
Introduction: Why Should One Learn about Muhammad’s Life?
Part 1: Muhammad’s History
1. Who Was Muhammad?
2. What Are the Major Muslim Sources for Muhammad’s Life?
3. What Do Scholars Say about the Reliability and Accuracy of Early Muslim Sources?
4. What Is So Unique about Muhammad’s Birth Year?
5. What Is Significant about Muhammad’s Genealogy?
6. What Do Muslims Believe about Muhammad’s Attributes?
7. Was Muhammad a Real Historical Figure?
8. What Do We Know about Mecca, Muhammad’s Birthplace?
9. What Is the Black Stone in the Ka’ba?
10. What Do We Know about Muhammad’s Wives and Their Roles in Islam?
11. Was Muhammad Always a Monotheist?
12. What Is Muhammad’s Night Journey to Jerusalem and Heaven?
13. Why Did Muhammad Strike a Peace Treaty with the Jews?
14. Why Did Muhammad Raid the Pagans of Mecca?
15. Was There Ever a Truce between Muslims and Meccans?
16. Did Muhammad Really Fight the Jews?
17. Did Muhammad Launch Raids against Christians?
18. Who Killed Muhammad?
19. Did Muhammad Appoint a Successor?
20. What Are Some of the Early Non-Muslim Views on Muhammad?
Part 2: Muhammad’s Message
21. What Was Muhammad’s Central Message?
22. Who Is Muhammad’s Deity, Allah?
23. What Is Muhammad’s Message about Jesus?
24. Where Is Muhammad Mentioned in the Bible?
25. Where Are Muhammad’s Sermons?
26. What Did Muhammad Say about Loving One’s Neighbors?
27. How Does Muhammad’s Tradition Treat Apostasy from Islam?
28. What Do the Hadiths Say about Jihad?
29. Who Are the Hadith-Rejecters
30. Why Are the Hadith-Rejecters
Growing in Number?
Appendix A: Muslim Primary Sources in English
Appendix B: Helpful Websites on Islamic Primary Sources