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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 Generalship of Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah

The Generalship of Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah

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The Generalship of Muhammad

Russ Rodgers

University Press of Florida

The closing chapter examines the military techniques of Muhammad, both in insurgency and conventional operations, by placing him within the known military science of his era and beyond. His field craft, organization, training, and logistics are evaluated in relation to ideas posited by the best military minds of the era, among them Frontinus, Polyaenus, Maurice, Onasander, and Sun Tzu. Additional comparisons are made of Muhammad's techniques to those calculated by more modern observers of the military art, such as Carl von Clausewitz, Waldemar Erfurt, and Hugo von Freytag-Loringhoven, while analyses by Eric Hoffer and Saul Alinsky are marshalled to an evaluation of Muhammad's political acumen. Chapter 8 concludes with a final assessment of Muhammad as a military commander and of why he ranks among the other great leaders of his era.

Keywords:   Frontinus, Polyaenus, Maurice, Onasander, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, Eric Hoffer, Saul Alinsky, insurgency, conventional operations

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