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Early dynamics in the Arabian Peninsula

Early dynamics in the Arabian Peninsula

Dr. Esther Webman, Prof. Bassam Tibi

We first turn to the early days of Islam in 7th century CE Arabia. It was during this time that the first encounters between Jews and Muslims took place.

What attitudes developed between the Prophet Muhammad and the Jewish tribes of this region?


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