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Sons of IshmaelMuslims through European Eyes in the Middle Ages$
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John V. Tolan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032221

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032221.001.0001

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A Mangled Corpse

A Mangled Corpse

The Polemical Dismemberment of Muhammad

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Sons of Ishmael
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John V. Tolan

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032221.003.0002

This chapter discusses the story of Muhammad's death and burial, along with similar accounts by other Christian authors. These authors show how, according to long established literary and hagiographic topoi, the supposed desecration of the corpse of an enemy is meant to show his disfavor in the eyes of God. The bogus miracle of his floating tomb, however, is meant to help explain why he is revered as a holy man.

Keywords:   Muhammad, death, burial, hagiographic topoi, floating tomb, desecration, holy man

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