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Muḥammad’s deputies in Medina

Author(s): Cook, Michael

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Abstract: It would be a reasonable inference from our sources that each time Muḥammad was away from Medina he left behind a deputy. The object of this paper is to collect and interpret the information our sources provide about these deputies. After a brief introduction, the second and third sections assemble and contextualize the data. The fourth section then discusses questions of interpretation: how far we can rely on the information in our sources, what this information can tell us about the kind of people Muḥammad would appoint as deputies, and how the emerging pattern might be explained historically. The main finding is that the data, if at all reliable, indicate that deputies were frequently people with little ability to cope with emergencies, and that Muḥam-mad must have been giving priority to political considerations in choosing them. Readers interested only in the interpretative questions could skip the second and third sections.
Publication Date: 2015
Citation: Cook, Michael. "Muḥammad’s Deputies in Medina." Al-ʿUsur al-Wusta 23, no. 1 (2015): 1-67. doi: 10.7916/alusur.v23i1.7036.
DOI: 10.7916/alusur.v23i1.7036
Pages: 1 - 66
Language: English
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: al-ʿUṣūr al-Wusṭā
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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