The 'Constitution of Medina': Muhammad's first legal document [chapter]

Recep Şentürk
2008 Zenodo  
Michael Lecker provides us with a monograph exclusively focused on a single legal document from the time of the Prophet. Among both specialists in Islamic studies and the general public, this document is commonly known as the 'Constitution of Madina'. Yet the creators of the document called it 'kitab'— literally, 'a written document'. The book derives from the author's Ph.D. thesis submitted in Hebrew to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in 1982. Muslim historians and jurists have been
more » ... ts have been familiar with this important document for centuries, and aware of its legal and theological implications for Islamic law. It was first brought to the attention of scholars in theWest at the end of the nineteenth century by Wellhausen, who accepted it as an authentic document from the time of the Prophet. Since then, such leading orientalists as Goldziher, Gil, Serjeant, Goto, U. Rubin and J. B. Simonsen have studied various aspects of it.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.2667909 fatcat:imr24zmgs5aejhbs3twpcdf2fi