The Hero As Prophet Analysis
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 …show more content…
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