1. Muḥammad the Prophet
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In volume 1 | book 1, The National Literature of the Arabs | Section 2, Muḥammad and His Time

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Arab paganism, with its primitive worship of power and raw animism, had left deeper spirits dissatisfied for a long time, especially those who had become acquainted with “higher” forms of religion such as Judaism and Christianity. |³³ There are reports about a number of such ḥanīfs1 who, turning away from paganism, had nevertheless not gone so far as to join either of the monotheistic religions. Driven by a stronger kind of religious nee…

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Carl Brockelmann, “1. Muḥammad the Prophet”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_112010>
First published online: 2017

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