The Hero As Prophet Analysis

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Albert D. Pionke's “Beyond “The Hero as Prophet”: A Survey of Images of Islam,”(2005) is a brief study of Thomas Carlyle’s lecture on Muhammad. The researcher starts his study by describing the significance and influence of Carlyle’s lecture, arguing that Carlyle’s image of Muhammad is a complex one. Accordingly, the author attempts to shed light on this complex image briefly by investigating the works of Carlyle in which he referred to Islam.
First, Pionke analyses some parts of Carlyle’s lecture “The Hero as Prophet. Mahomet: Islam” and he concludes his analysis by saying that Carlyle’s methodology in dealing with Islam was not free of bias, and his representation of Muhammad was to a large extent “ambivalent”. Next, he explains the image of Muhammad in other lectures in Carlyle’s work On Hero, Hero Worship, and the Heroic in History. Here, Pionke believes that the mixture of negative and positive representations of Muhammad in Carlyle’s lectures proves the existence of a “logical problem” and the influence of the prevailing prejudiced image
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This study has a merit, but it demonstrates Carlyle’s image of Islam and Muhammad briefly in only fifteen pages. This present research presents that image in a more comprehensive and analytical way.
In her essay “Critical Reading of Thomas Carlyle's “The Hero as a Prophet, Mahomet: Islam,”(2009) Hind AlQadi tackles Carlyle’s lecture “The Hero as a Prophet, Mahomet: Islam” in detail. Al-Qadhi begins by stating that the interest of the West in Islam increased in the second part of the eighteenth century and the first part of the nineteenth century, and such an interest brought with it “orientalism”. While some Western writers accused Muhammad of being an imposter and a false prophet, others showed admiration and appreciation of

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