The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World
by John Andrew Morrow
"This narrative has the power to unite Muslim and Christian communities. A work of scholarship, its release is timely, and its content critical in fostering mutual respect and religious freedom."
—Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chairman, Cordoba Initiative
John Andrew Morrow has uncovered the Prophet Muhammad's treaties with Christians stating that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian communities, but defend them "until the End of the World."
"If the publication of The Covenants can hasten the coming together of Christians and Muslims—as in the symbolic prayers of Jesus Christ with Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi in Muslim eschatology—I would be humbled indeed."
"These letters can serve to inspire both Muslims and Christians about our ability to live together as God's people, as friends, as neighbors, and as custodians of the same small planet." Read what Omid Safi and other Muslim and Christian scholars are saying about this new book.
"Dr. Morrow makes a compelling case that the original intent of Muhammad was not to create a strictly Muslim state, but rather a confederation of the People of the Book."
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"Not only did the Prophet Muhammad extend protection to the pious contemplatives among the People of the Book, he required that they be provided for. In so doing, the Prophet demonstrated that he cared, not only for their spiritual vocation, but for their physical well-being."
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Thoughtful, accessible and scholarly, The Covenants offers important evidence for understanding Islam as a religion founded on ideals of respect and tolerance.
Morrow's book makes great strides in debunking the accusations put forth against our beloved Prophet, showing that they are not based on scholarship and reasoning.
Religious documents only transform human attitudes, individually and socially when they are in the larger context of a community of interpretation that tells its members and itself what they mean. And even to sway the balance in those communities it would need to be far shorter and more accessible, and far less driven by its author’s ideological commitments.