The Prophet Muhammad and Western Scholarship Research Paper by Nicky

An evaluation of the perception and portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad within the Western scholarship.
# 146330 | 2,450 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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Prior to September 11, 2001, few Western observers might have given more than a casual look at the Islamic faith because the religion and its prophet, Muhammad, had little bearing on their personal lives. By sharp contrast, today, there has been an increasing amount of attention paid to Moslems and their religion, and the portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad has been the focus of a growing body of research in the Western scholarship. To determine the perception and ways in which the Prophet Muhammad has been portrayed since his death in the 7th century, this paper provides a review of the relevant literature, followed by a summary of the research and salient findings in the conclusion.

Review and Discussion
Background and Overview
The Life of Muhammad from the Western Perspective

From the Paper:

"The research showed that the past thirteen centuries have witnessed Western scholarship running the entire gamut of vilification to adoration of the Prophet Muhammad based on differing views of the historical accuracy of the Islamic faith's foundation and changing Western perceptions of the religion itself. Because there are two fundamentally different civilizations involved in this analysis, it should come as no surprise that many of the views in the Western scholarship have been shaped in large part by fear and misunderstanding, and these misperceptions and differences have been further exacerbated following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The research also showed that the views expressed in the Western scholarship have been highly influential in the politicization of the Islamic faith since its foundation, and there have been truly violent reactions to portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad in the Western media that have been contrary to the Islamic dogma."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berg, Herbert. 2003. Method and Theory in the Study of Islamic Origins. Boston: Brill.
  • Brown, L. Carl. 2000. Religion and State: The Muslim Approach to Politics. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Cleary, Thomas. 2001. The Wisdom of the Prophet. Boston: Shambhala Books.
  • Hourani, Albert. 1991. "Islam in European Thought," in Islam in European Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Huband, Mark. 1998. Warriors of the Prophet: The Struggle for Islam. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

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