New Publication: ‘Muhammad and the Empires of Faith’ by Sean Anthony

University of California Press has recently released a publication of interest to IQSA members and affiliates: Muhammad and the Empires of Faith: The Making of the Prophet of Islam by Sean Anthony (April 2020). 


Muhammad and the Empires of Faith, Sean W. Anthony demonstrates how critical readings of non-Muslim and Muslim sources in tandem can breathe new life into the historical study of Muhammad and how his message transformed the world. By placing these sources within the intellectual and cultural world of Late Antiquity, Anthony offers a fresh assessment of the earliest sources for Muhammad’s life, taking readers on a grand tour of the available evidence, and suggests what new insights stand to be gained from the techniques and methods pioneered by countless scholars over the decades in a variety of fields. Muhammad and the Empires of Faith offers both an authoritative introduction to the multilayered traditions surrounding the life of Muhammad and a compelling exploration of how these traditions interacted with the broader landscape of Late Antiquity.

Readers can find this item for purchase online in a variety of formats, or through institutional and public libraries.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (April 21, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0520340418
ISBN-13: 978-0520340411

About the Author
Sean W. Anthony is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University and author of The Caliph and the Heretic: Ibn Saba and the Origins of Shiism and Crucifixion and Death as Spectacle: Umayyad Crucifixion in its Late Antique Context.


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IQSA Zoom Seminar #5 Sean Anthony, “The Surprising Christology of the Annunciation Scene in Q. Maryam 19:16-21.”

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Check out the fifth installment in the series of IQSA Corona Qur’an Seminars on Zoom (#IQSAZoom), in which Dr. Sean Anthony (Ohio State University) speaks on “The Surprising Christology of the Annunciation Scene in Q. Maryam 19:16-21.”

Read more about these free resources at, and don’t forget to continue the discussion on social media by using the hashtag #IQSAZoom! Seminars are open to the public and all are welcome to join the meetings. To support this project, join IQSA or renew your membership at, or make a donation online at

Want to see more? Tune in next week on May 14 for Ahmad al-Jallad’s discussion on “Pre-Islamic Arabic inscriptions and Qur’anic orthographies.” Participants can register for upcoming seminars at


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