In this article Prof. Madelung examines Surat 33 of the Quran, al-Ahzab, in the context of circumstances in Prophet Muhammad's life at the time of its revelation. Pivotal issues such as the roots of the Muslim perspective on adoption, succession of women, and who was referred to by the term 'ahl al-bayt'are looked at via the same lens..


Professor Wilferd Madelung

A leading contemporary Islamicist, Wilferd Madelung has made significant contributions to modern scholarship on mediaeval Islamic communities and movements, including Twelver Shi'ism, Zaydism and Ismailism.


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