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Unformatted text preview: It also mentions that if one deviates from the teachings of god he/she will be condemned to hell forever. It seems that this theme of direct opposition to the non-believers is very specific to a particular time and place. It can be assumed that Muhammad thought of these revelations when he was in Medina and in direct conflict with the pagan opposition in Mecca. In order to legitimize the conflict and inspire his follows to war, these warlike texts were devised. That being said, although their origin was specific to a certain setting, their theme has been used as a timeless device in many Islamic struggles against non-believers. The message of this text is made ever so powerful by the lack of mention of the prophet Muhammad. All of the stanzas begin by stating that the following mandates come directly from god directly, with no mention of the prophet. This method enables the message to contain more authority as it is coming from some supreme being and not a mere human....
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This essay was uploaded on 02/01/2009 for the course HIST 253 taught by Professor Powers, d during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
- Fall '08
- POWERS, D