The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources

The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources

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The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources

The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources

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The Life of Mahomet, by Sir William Muir, was first published in four volumes in the year 1861, with profuse notes and references, as well as introductory chapters on the Early History of Arabia, and an Essay on the 'Sources for the Biography of Mahomet -- the Coran and Tradition.' In the second (1876) and third (1894) editions these introductory chapters, although of the highest interest in themselves, were omitted, as not being immediately relevant to the biography of the Arabian Prophet. Moreover, most of the notes and all the references to original authorities were left out, the curious readers being referred for the latter to the first and larger form of the work. The text itself remained practically unaltered in all three editions.

The present text is a revision in some matters of detail of that of the third edition. All the learned author's expressions of opinion and the view he took of particular events have, of course, been left unaltered. The changes which have been made have been in respect of the form rather than of the substance.

In the first place, the orthography of the Arabic proper names has been brought into line with modern usage. The name Mahomet was adopted by Principal Muir to designate the Prophet, 'following the established usage of Christendom,' and had the further advantage of always distinguishing him from other persons of the same name, in whose case he wrote it Mohammad or Muhammad (first edition, p. 16). The . . .

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