Notes-ISLAM - ISLAM: THE SOCIO-HISTORICAL CONTEXT 1. 7TH...

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ISLAM : THE SOCIO-HISTORICAL CONTEXT 1. 7 TH Century Arabia a. Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity b. Local tribal religions/polytheism: tree spirits, mountains spirits, djinn , Al-Lah (imageless creator deity) c. Kaba in Mecca as pilgrimage site, sacred enclave, neutral territory (which was a meteorite-Kaba) center of Mecca i. Offer up rituals here 1. then start a party 2. gambling and drunkness ii. Tribes always offer up sacrifices iii. Money was always made off of this ritual iv. Many rich/well off people 2. Muhammed (570-632 CE)-“peace be upon him” a. Born in Mecca b. Caravan trader (strictly), familiar with different religious traditions i. Familiar with 1. Christian 2. Zorianastrinism 3. c. Thoughtful and pious, probably mostly illiterate i. Cant read or write arabic d. As adult, spends time meditating in caves on hillsides above Mecca 3. the revelation on Mt. Hira; the “night of Power” a. age 40, Muhammed visited by a bright presence/ angel Gabriel, who holds cloth covered with Arabic writing b. muhammed told to “recite” (Qu’ran” means “recitation” in Arabic c. doubts revelation at first d. eventually accepts his mission God’s “mouthpiece” e. 23 years of reciti
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course RELG 107 taught by Professor Wolne during the Spring '07 term at New Mexico.

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