Fifty Key Figures in Islam
Routledge, 27/09/2006 - 280 من الصفحات
The perfect resource for those wishing to learn more about the Muslim culture, its people and its teachings, Fifty Key Figures in Islam explores the lives and thoughts of fifty influential individuals in Islam and surveys a heritage that spans 1,500 years.
Covering key figures such as the Prophet Muhammad, Suleiman 'the Magnificent' and El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), the entry for each figure includes:
Fully cross-referenced for ease of use, this clearly presented work is ideal for those interested in or studying the area, and could not have come at a more fascinating time in history for Islam.
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See also: Umar ibn al-Khattab. Further reading Abu Bakr himself did not write
anything and there is little information available concerning his early life.
Nonetheless, there is an abundance of material concerning these two years of
his reign ...
Unlike his predecessor, Abu Bakr (c.570–634), who reigned for only two years,
Umar was to enjoy ten years of rule. It was under Umar's leadership that Islam
made its largest and fastest expansion. During his reign, Muslim forces
With the death of Abu Bakr in 634, the two leading Muslims were Umar and
General Khalid (see Abu Bakr). Abu Bakr had designated Umar as his successor
and, although they were not in any way obliged to accept the Caliph's
This led Umar to accuse Khalid of keeping too much of the booty for himself and
he relieved the General of his position, replacing him with Abu Ubayda al-
Jarrahin in charge of the whole Byzantine front. Khalid, from then on, seems to
Umar was murdered in 644 by a Persian slave who was angered by a personal
quarrel with Umar, stabbing the Caliph six times as he led prayers in the mosque.
Umar died two days later, and is buried alongside Muhammad and Abu Bakr.