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The Convergence of Judaism and IslamReligious, Scientific, and Cultural Dimensions$
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Michael M. Laskier and Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036496

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036496.001.0001

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Present at the Dawn of Islam

Present at the Dawn of Islam

Polemic and Reality in the Medieval Story of Muhammad's Jewish Companions

(p.64) 5 Present at the Dawn of Islam
The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Shimon Shtober

University Press of Florida

This chapter grapples with major themes of early Islam pertaining to the relationship between the Prophet Muhammad and the Jewish elite who aligned themselves with him. These included Jewish tribes that converted to Islam in the last decade of Muhammad's life. It, however, is also a study of the Jewish tribes that clung to Judaism and were exiled from the Arabian Peninsula or died at the hands of Muslims. The component of the Jewish elite who allied themselves with Muhammad consisted of a tiny force. Thus, on one hand, there were Jews who refused to recognize Muhammad and who remained loyal to their faith and thus faced exile. On the other hand, a small elite collaborated with the Prophet in the early days of Islam.

Keywords:   Muhammad, Quran, Arabian peninsula, Hijaz, Nadir, Banu Qurayza

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