Tilman Nagel

The Muslim Conduct of Life: Paths of Continuity

I. The preconditions of the Muslim configuration of life

Almost every Muslim is convinced that the advent of Islam brought about a profound and lasting change, not only within the society of the Arabian Peninsula, but also within society as a whole. As for the Peninsula, the Muslim philologist al-Marzuqi (?–1030) describes this change as follows: “Before Islam, the Arabs earned their living in five different ways; split into many tribes, as they were, they would wage war against each other to take possession of the goods of the adversary; they would travel to pay visits to the several kings in order to promise obedience to them, and in order to obtain gifts in exchange for that promise; ...

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