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Muhammad: Islam's First Great General (Campaigns and Commanders)by Richard A. Gabriel
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That Muhammad succeeded as a prophet is undeniable; a prominent military historian now suggests that he might not have done so had he not also been a great soldier.
Best known as the founder of a major religion, Muhammad was also Islam’s first great general. While there have been numerous accounts of Muhammad the Prophet, this is the first military biography of the man.
In Muhammad: Islam’s First Great General, Richard A. Gabriel shows us a warrior never before seen in antiquity—a leader of an all-new religious movement who in a single decade fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned thirty-eight other military operations. Gabriel’s study portrays Muhammad as a revolutionary who introduced military innovations that transformed armies and warfare throughout the Arab world.
Gabriel analyzes the environment in which Muhammad lived and the religion he inspired as they relate to his military achievements. Gabriel explains how Muhammad changed the social composition of Arab armies by replacing traditional ways of fighting with a new command structure.
Muhammad’s transformation of Arab warfare enabled his successors to establish the core of the Islamic empire—an accomplishment that, Gabriel argues, would have been militarily impossible without Muhammad’s innovations. Richard A. Gabriel challenges existing scholarship on Muhammad’s place in history and offers a viewpoint not previously attempted.
Book News Annotation:
He was found fit by God to found a faith, and he was found fit by humans to found an army. Muhammed's path as a prophet is well-documented and analyzed, but this is the first assessment of his skills as a military leader. Gabriel (politics and history emeritus, US Army War College) closely examines the most significant decade in Muhammed's military career, which included eight major battles, 18 raids, and 38 other military operations. Gabriel finds Muhammed's approach to strategy to be revolutionary, and that his grasp of command structures enabled his successors to establish and maintain the core of the Islamic empire. Gabriel describes Muhammed's historical and social contexts, the strategic setting during his life and Arab conquests after his death, his raids and a range of his military campaigns and battlefields. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
That Muhammad succeeded as a prophet is undeniable; a prominent military historian now suggests that he might not have done so had he not also been a great soldier. Best known as the founder of a major religion, Muhammad was also Islam’s first great general. While there have been numerous accounts of Muhammad the Prophet, this is the first military biography of the man.
An examination of Muhammad's life as a military leader
About the Author
Richard A. Gabriel, a historian, is Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Ethics at Daniel Webster College. He is the author of forty books, including The Great Battles of Antiquity, The Great Armies of Antiquity, and Great Captains of Antiquity.
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