The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the world By John Andrew Morrow (Tacoma, WA: Angelico Press and Sophia Perennis, 2013. 442 pages.)

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Amar Sellam



With painstaking effort and much dedication invested in this groundbreaking
work, John Andrew Morrow will surely manage to attract the attention of Islamic
studies students and specialists. Not only is the topic novel, but surely
the approach and method are new as well. Indeed, The Covenants of the
Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World is a genuine call for reconsidering
the relationship among the three revealed Abrahamic faiths, which is often viewed by some quarters with vested interests through the foggy lenses
of suspicion and animosity, if not of utter aggressive hostility, especially these
days. The author’s arguments stem from various perspectives ranging from
Islamic jurisprudence to political science, economics, sociology, ethics, and
leadership studies. He defends the covenants written to various groups of
Christians, be they living inside the Arabian Peninsula (the Monks of Sinai,
the Christians of Najran), Persia, or the world at large, as being genuine documents
emanating from Prophet Muhammad himself, who assumed the responsibility
of protecting these groups and pledged that his followers would
do so until the last day: “This must not be violated or altered until the hour
[of the Resurrection] and the end of the world” (p. 236) ...

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