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Early Islam: Selected Essays
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Part 1 Muhammad and the Qur'an: the condemnation of the Jews of Banu Qurayza; the reliability of Ibn Ishaq's sources; the dating of the Qur'an; conversion in Islam at the time of the prophet; his name is Ahmad; the camel and the needle's eye; the men of the Ukhdud; God's Caliph - Quranic interpretations and Umayyad claims; reflections on some verses of Surat al-Duha; the Christiantiy criticized in the Qur'an; two interesting Christian-Arabic usages. Part 2 Early Islamic thought: the early development of the Muslim attitudes to the bible; some muslim discussions of anthropomorphism; created in his image; the logical basis of early Kalam; the origin of the Islamic doctrine of acquisition; was Wasil a Kharijite?; the significance of Kharijism under the Abbasids; the reappraisal of Abasid Shi'ism; sidelights on early imamite doctrine; the significance of the early stages of imamite Shi'ism; the great community and the sects; the beginnings of the Islamic theological schools.

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This is a useful collection ! excellently presented. There can be no doubt about William Montgomery Watt's contribution to our field of study ... His works will continue to be significant, will continue to be studied ... This collection of articles is a fittting reminder of the contribution he has made. This is a useful collection ! excellently presented. There can be no doubt about William Montgomery Watt's contribution to our field of study ... His works will continue to be significant, will continue to be studied ... This collection of articles is a fittting reminder of the contribution he has made.

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