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Arabia In Late Antiquity: An Outline Of The Cultural Situation In The Peninsula At The Time Of Muhammad

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In his work "Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity," Brown describes Muhammad as a typical example of the "holy man" in Late Antique society who presents himself as intermediary, as organizer and bearer of the divine, replacing the institution of the temple and thus introducing a new era in the history of religion. In this way Brown links the figure of Muhammad with the general history of Late Antiquity, thereby addressing the central task of leading the world of Muhammad out of its isolation. This applies to all aspects of its culture and society, language, literature, architecture, and fine and applied arts, to name but a few examples. This chapter presents a brief outline of the Arabian Peninsula as a cultural zone in the sixth and seventh century CE. About fifteen years of research have led to a genuine revolution, primarily in the fields of prehistory and classical history.

Keywords: Arabian Peninsula; Brown; Late Antiquity; Muhammad



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