General information is available about the Prophet Muhammad’s childhood and family life through secondary sources. Many believe he was born in 570, which is the year of the elephant (Goldschmidt and Davidson 2010). The Prophet Muhammad was from the clan of Hashim, a poor tribe that branched from the ruling Quarysh tribe. Muhammad was orphaned at an early age and raised by his uncle Abu-Talib. The Prophet was a keen merchant who caught the eye of a wealthy older woman he worked for named Khadija. Khadija proposed to Muhammad and they later married and had six children together. Khadija and Abu-Talib died in 619 and went on to marry several other women (Goldschmidt and Davidson 2010). Muhammad died June 8, 632 in Medina (Goldschmidt and Davidson 2010). The Prophet Muhammad’s child and family life is dis...
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There are two primary resources whereby information about the life of the Prophet Muhammad can be drawn. The remaining resources used to obtain information surrounding and of the Prophet Muhammad’s life consist of oral dictation that was later documented. Readers come to know information about the Prophet Muhammad’s childhood, marriages, family, religion, and a glimpse into what was the socio-political system of his day through this documentation. This is more than one can know about many historical figures and certainly does not make for a sparse filler of the life of the Prophet Muhammad.
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Goldschmidt, Arthur Jr, and Lawrence Davidson. A Concise History of the Middle East. Philadelphia: Westview Press, 2010.
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