Perception of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Presented in Modern Sirah Literature

Oruçoğlu İ.

IJHSS International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol.2, no.7, pp.71-75, 2012 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


In Modern times, Muslim scholars approached Sirah from a western perspective under the influence of intense pressure from western thought that become gradually stronger. This period witnessed the rise of rationalistic assessments; authors often express their discontent with regard to classical sirah writing and the knowledge within conventional sirah works. In particular, the extraordinary cases and miracles which are attributed to Muhammad are intensely criticised and excluded by some modern works. Pursuant to dominant views in the West, modern sirah authors emphasise that Muhammad is only a human, and they opt to analyse his life through the eyes of a natural cause-effect relationship belonging to physical conditions.