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Subtitle: A Variant Reading in the Story of the 'Aqaba Meeting (with an appendix of HOPKINS, Simon)
Author(s): LECKER, Michael
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 109 Issue: 1-2 Date: 1996
As is well known, the 'Aqaba meeting between the Prophet Muḥammad and the Anṣār took place shortly before the Prophet's Hijra. The story of the meeting in the biography of the Prophet by Ibn Hishām includes a gloss which suggests that the Anṣār and the Prophet already envisaged at that stage, even before the Hijra, a break between the Anṣār and the Jews of Medina. In this article it is argued that the original version did not in fact contain any reference to a break with the Jews. While both parties may well have considered such a break to be an inevitable outcome of their alliance, one would not have expected to find this mentioned, or even alluded to, in the story of the 'Aqaba meeting.