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Paganism & Muslim Peace-Building in the Mecca Period 610-622

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Paganism & Muslim Peace-Building in the Mecca Period 610-622

Lecture & Discussion
Monday, April 24
12 - 1 pm
206 Ingraham
Cost: Free
Please join us to discuss Paganism & Muslim Peace-Building in the Mecca Period!

Later Muslim accounts posit an essential enmity between Muslims and pagans in the Hejaz, leading to the wars of the 620s. These Umayyad and Abbasid accounts have influenced the interpretations of contemporary scholars. A close examination of Qur’anic texts from the Meccan period, however, reveals a consistent and strongly held option for peace. It will be argued that the sanctuary status of Mecca as a holy city made this experiment in peace theology possible.

Hosted by WUD Society & Politics and Middle Eastern Studies Program

Later Muslim accounts posit an essential enmity between Muslims and pagans in the Hejaz, leading to the wars of the 620s. These Umayyad and Abbasid accounts have influenced the interpretations of contemporary scholars. A close examination of Qur’anic texts from the Meccan period, however, reveals a consistent and strongly held option for peace. It will be argued that the sanctuary status of Mecca as a holy city made this experiment in peace theology possible.

Hosted by WUD Society & Politics and Middle Eastern Studies Program

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