Description Part of your Digital Dialogue assignment included posting something you knew about Muhammad and your source. Contemporary political debate in the United States includes voices who see Islam as a monolithic force that affects all its adherents in the same way, and Muhammad as an irredeemable warmonger. Other voices run the gamut. Historians strive to investigate persons and institutions of the past based on the best sources available, and recognize contemporary opinion as something with a history of its own. Karen Armstong argues that Muhammad speaks to the present, but strives to bring out Muhammad from the best sources she can. Putting aside contemporary opinions about Muhammad—including statements from Church leaders, consider how well Karen Armstrong succeeds at a good account of Muhammad’s life using the best sources. Use examples to support your consideration. (You don’t have the expertise to answer this question in an authoritative way. But you are doing this essay as an attempt to understand how experts make arguments). The following though may be useful: What kind of sources does Armstrong use most often? (Recall the types of sources at the end of Strayer, Chapter 9: Quran, Hadith, Sharia law, Sufi poetry.)

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