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The Generalship of MuhammadBattles and Campaigns of the Prophet of Allah$
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Russ Rodgers

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037660

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037660.001.0001

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The Insurgency Grows

The Insurgency Grows

(p.51) 2 The Insurgency Grows
The Generalship of Muhammad

Russ Rodgers

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 explores the Madinah-Muhammad relationship in several particulars: (1) Muhammad's involvement in the city's cultural milieu; (2) the differences between the Muhajirun, emigrants who came from Makkah, and the Ansar, native converts to Islam in Madinah; (3) the social, political, and economic organization of the city; and (4) the ways Muhammad prepared Madinah to support his future military operations against the Quraysh and their allies. Within this context, particular attention is directed to examining Muhammad's political instrument of governance, the Covenant of Madinah, in light of his relationship with the city's three major Jewish tribes. Turning to early Islamic sources that note the difficulty of providing adequate supplies for the early Muslim fighters, chapter 2 also considers food production in Madinah. Finally, the chapter examines a unique aspect of an asymmetric insurgency-development of manipulated opposition, which allows for the continued expansion of an insurgency's base.

Keywords:   insurgency, Muhajirun, Ansar, Covenant of Madinah, food production, Jewish tribes, manipulated opposition

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