Narratives of the Life of Muhammad: Redefining Sira Literature by Gurdofarid MiskinzodaNarratives of the Life of Muhammad: Redefining Sira Literature by Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Narratives of the Life of Muhammad: Redefining Sira Literature

byGurdofarid MiskinzodaEditorGurdofarid Miskinzoda

Hardcover | January 8, 2019

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Sīrastands foral-sīra al-nabawiyya, meaning the biography of Prophet Muḥammad, and is one of the earliest types of literature in the Muslim tradition, shaping the identity and content of this tradition as it has also developed alongside it.

This book represents a shift away from the prevalent view that the main value ofsÄ«ralies in its utility as a historical source for the life of Muḥammad. It examines the nature and role ofsÄ«raas a distinct genre of the Muslim literary and historical tradition and as an independent scholarly discipline. Beginning with a discussion of contemporary scholarship and approaches to the study ofsÄ«ra, the book then outlines a number of defining characteristics typical ofsÄ«raas a genre, as well as examining the role of the chronological narrative, the textual and functional role of variant reports and the divergences between them, and the centrality of the relationship between the text of the Qur'Än andsÄ«ra. Particular attention is paid to the question of narrativity and historical discourse as it occurs insÄ«ra,and the ability ofsÄ«raauthors to resort to a number of other scholarly disciplines in order to extrapolate further meaning from their source material.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to provide a concise and original insight into the nature ofsīraas a distinct form of literature, this book is essential reading for students and scholars interested in the historiography of Islam, and early Islamic history and literature.

Gurdofarid Miskinzodaobtained her PhD in the History of the Near and Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is currently a Research Associate and Shi'i Studies Coordinator  at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.
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Title:Narratives of the Life of Muhammad: Redefining Sira LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 8, 2019Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415603412

ISBN - 13:9780415603416

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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF S¿RA

Chapter 1: New Trends in the Understanding of S¿ra

Chapter 2: S¿ra and Historical and Literary Analysis

PART II: THE GENRE OF S¿RA AND ITS FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS

Chapter 3: The Sources and the Case Study

Chapter 4: Problems of Describing S¿ra as a Genre

Chapter 5: Chronology and Narrative

Chapter 6: Variants

Chapter 7: Relating Events to Revelation

Chapter 8: Literary Models of Story and History in S¿ra

Conclusion