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Author Stetkevych, Jaroslav.

Title Muhammad and the golden bough : reconstructing Arabian myth / Jaroslav Stetkevych.

Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1996.


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Description xi, 169 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [155]-163) and index.
Contents Introduction: Reclaiming Arabian Myth -- The Textual Puzzle -- The Thamudic Backdrop to the Puzzle -- The First Answer to the Puzzle: The Raid on Tabuk -- The Totem and the Taboo. The Multiple Identity of Abu Righal. The Ambiguities of Stoning -- Poeticizing the Thamud -- Demythologizing the Thamud -- The Scream -- The Arabian Golden Bough and Kindred Branches: Frazer, Vergil, Homer, and Gilgamesh.
Summary The richness of myth in Arab-Islamic culture has long been ignored or even denied. In Muhammad and the Golden Bough Jaroslav Stetkevych demonstrates the existence of a coherent pre-Islamic Arabian myth that was subsequently incorporated into Islamic poetic tradition and the Qur'an. The book dissects the intriguing Arab-Islamic myth built around Muhammad's unearthing of a "golden bough" from the grave of the last survivor of an ancient Arab people, the Thamud, who, according to the myth, were destroyed by a divine scourge for their iniquity. In the myth the episode of the slaying of the she-camel of the prophet Salih, which precipitates the downfall of the Thamud, is symbolically linked with Muhammad, the discoverer of the golden bough. Through its development of a methodology for analyzing the mythic and folkloric material of pre-Islamic Arabia and the process of its incorporation into Islamic myth and Qur'anic exegesis, Muhammad and the Golden Bough offers compelling insights for students of Islam, comparative religion, and anthropology.
Subject Mythology, Arab.
Muhammad, Prophet, -632 -- Legends.
Thamud (Arabian people)
Mythology -- Comparative studies.
ISBN 0253332087 (alk. paper)
9780253332080 (alk. paper)

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