Unformatted text preview: This seems to be representative of his overall attitude of the time, as the consolidation of power, not his religion, has the most important thing. However, in the treaty there were a few stipulations with regard to religion, including the stopping of the eating of pork. This shows that although Muhammad’s primary goals were to preserve his political power, he also had religious intent as well. His apparent leniency toward this group of non-believers may stem from the fact that they were people of the book as well, but not quite Muslims. The excerpt on eating the pork becomes important later when a Caliph uses it to justify the expulsion of the non-believers of Najran. In this instance, the usefulness had run out and the Caliph was more concerned with spreading the religion as the political security of the Islamic state had already been solidified. Thus, we can view the narrative on Najran as a political treaty created for the embitterment of the Islamic Empire....
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- Fall '08
- POWERS, D
- Islam, Professor Powers Section, Najran