Life of the Prophet in Makkah (The Makkan Crucible)


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  • Author: Zakaria Bashier

Based on original Arabic sources and modern writings on the Sirah, it is a powerful restatement of the Makkan life of the Prophet and a searching analysis of the Jahiliyyah environment in which the blessings on Islam produced a  generation of people who not only became the finest embodiment of human conduct but typified the highest virtue of faith and endurance.
The author has not only breathed a new freshness into the subject but has focused on the sira in the context of the prophets mission as reflected in the Qur'an. 
The focus moves beautifully and meaningfully from man to mission, from individual to movement, from past to present and the future,  from chronicle of events to ethos of society and history. 
In paying homage and showing reverence to the Prophet some authors have exceeded proper limits while others have not been able to adequately highlight the multi-dimensional aspects of the Prophetic life. Dr. Zakaria Bashier however has succeeded in striking a balance and presenting in the book a graphic and inspiring picture of the sirah of the Prophet.
A highly recommended Contemporary Sirah (Biography of the Life of the Prophet of Islam)

DR. ZAKARIA BASHIER was born in the Sudan (1940) and educated at the Universities of Khartoum, Durham (UK) and Pittsburgh (USA). He was appointed a lecturer at Khartoum University in 1973. He served at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, as Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and the Islamic Foundation as senior Research Fellow. In 1982 he was elected to the parliament of the Sudan, and subsequently appointed as a State Minister, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Higher Education and Scientific Research. At present he is teaching at the University of Al-Ain, UAE. 
His publications include: The Islamic Path to Social Change (Arabic), Jeddah, 1977; The Hijra, Story and Significance, Leicester, 1983; Philosophical Aspects of Ibn Khaldun's Prolegomena (Arabic), Khartoum, 1985; Al-Ghazali on the Qur'anic Philosophy (Arabic), Al-Ain (UAE), 1989; The Methodology of Jabir ibn Hayydn (Arabic), Al-Ain (UAE), 1989; Sunshine at Madinah, Leicester, 1990. 

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