The Prophet Muhammad
In this course, we will study Muslim and non-Muslim conceptions of the Prophet Muhammad. We will investigate the historical Prophet with emphasis not only on how the Prophet has been imagined, portrayed, and venerated by Muslims, but also on how he is conceived in the medieval through contemporary Jewish, Christian, and Orientalist imaginations. The aim is to study literature such as sira (biographies of the Prophet), rituals such as mawlid al-nabi (Prophet's birthday), theological approaches to the life of the Prophet to cover Muslim conceptions, and texts spanning the medieval through the contemporary era for better understanding of non-Muslim perceptions. 3 hrs. lect./disc.