Paganism and Muslim Peace-Building in the Mecca Period (610-622): What does the Qur’an Say?

Dr. Juan Cole

Professor of History at the University of Michigan

Monday April 24, 2017
206 Ingraham Hall

Later Muslim accounts posit an essential enmity between Muslims and pagans in the Hejaz, leading to the wars of the 620s. These Umayyad and Abbasid accounts have influenced the interpretations of contemporary scholars. A close examination of Qur’anic texts from the Meccan period, however, reveals a consistent and strongly held option for peace. It will be argued that the sanctuary status of Mecca as a holy city made this experiment in peace theology possible.

This is part of the Middle East Studies Spring Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Department of History and Society & Politics Committee

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