Narratives of the Life of Muhammad
Redefining Sira Literature
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
This book explores the changing attitude towards Sira literature in contemporary scholarship and examines significant aspects of its inner development. It represents a shift away from the prevalent view that the main value of Sira lies in its use as a historical source for the life of Muhammad and the early Muslim community.
Introduction Part 1: Approaches to the Study of Sira 1. New Trends in the Understanding of Sira 2. Post-Wansbrough Scholarship on Sira and the Issues Part 2: The Genre of Sira and its Fundamental Characteristics 3. Problems of Describing Sira as a Genre 4. Concern with Chronology and Narrative 5. Varient Traditions within a Broadly Accepted Framework 6. Relating Events and Revelation 7. Citing Poetry 8. Literary Models of Story and History 9. Commentary. Conclusion
Gurdofarid Miskinzoda is Research Associate and Shi’i Studies Coordinator at the Institute for Ismaili Studies, London.