Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman

Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman

Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman

Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman

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As stated in the Note on Sources, this book is essentially an abridgement of the account of Muḥammad in my volumes Muḥammad at Mecca and Muḥammad at Medina. Apart from the omission of a mass of detail, the chief difference is that chronological order is more closely followed. I hope this change will enable readers to gain a clearer picture of the man and his achiėvement.

The system of transliteration is one of the usual ones except that, to avoid unsightly ligatures, an apostrophe is placed between two consonants in certain cases to indicate that they are to be pronounced separately, e.g. Is'ḥāq. Where there is no apostrophe, the pairs dh, gh, kh, sh, th each represent a single sound. Between two vowels or between a vowel and a consonant the apostrophe still represents the glottal stop reckoned a consonant in Arabic.

I am indebted to Miss Shona Reid for the compilation of the index.

W. MONTGOMERY WATT

The University, Edinburgh August 1960 . . .

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