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Week 4:

  • Scott Lucas, “The ṣaḥāba in Classical Muslim Theory and Practice” Constructive Critics (Leiden: 2004), p. 221-85
  • Tayeb El-Hibri, Parable and Politics in Early Islamic History: The Rashidun Caliphs. (New York: 2010).
  • Wilferd Madelung Succession to Muhammad. (Cambridge: 1997).
  • Patricia Crone. God’s Rule. (New York: 2004).
  • Hugh Kennedy. The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates. (London 1991).
  • Fred M. Donner. Narratives of Islamic Origins: The Beginnings of Islamic Historical Writing. (Princeton: 1998).
  • Tarif Khalidi. Arabic Historical Thought in the Classical Period. (Cambridge: 1994).

Week 5:

  • Patricia Crone and Martin Hinds. God’s Caliph (Cambridge:1986).
  • Hossein Modarressi “The legal basis for the validity of the majority opinion in Islamic legislation” and Khaled Abou El-Fadl “Democracy in Islamic law” in Under Seige: Islam and Democracy. ed. Richard Bulliet. (New York: 1994).

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Additional Reading

On Functional Illiteracy, Power, and Junk Politics

  • Chris Hedges. Empire of Illusion. (New York: 2009), excerpts.

On Revelation

  • Yahya Michot “Revelation” The Cambridge Companion to Islamic Theology (Cambridge: 2008), p. 180-96.

On The Household of the Prophet

  • The History of al-Tabari. Vol.1-40.  (New York: SUNY Press, 1989-1999).
  • Arzina Lalani. Early Shīʿī Thought : The Teachings of Imam Muḥammad Al-Bāqir. (London: 2000)
  • Syed HM Jafri. The Origins and Early Development of Shiʻa Islam. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2000). [a well written English narrative of early Alid history through pro-Alid Sunni and early Shi’i lenses].
  • Kazuo Morimoto. Sayyids and Sharifs in Muslim Societies. (London: 2012).