Prophethood and the Making of Islamic Historical Identity

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Constructing Identities: The Interaction of National, Gender and Racial Borders


As monotheistic and scriptural religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share many of the same beliefs and doctrines. Yet certain differences between these religions reflect to a great extent their religious distinctiveness and justify their moral existence.2 Islam, the last among the monotheistic religions, formed a unique religious identity as the final and, therefore, true manifestation of the divine message that began with Adam. But this distinctiveness is nowhere more evident than in the Islamic concept of prophethood (nubuwwa).