ABSTRACT

In the last chapter I analysed passages from the Meccan period (particularly the punishment-narratives) which threatened the unbelievers with the prospect of divine punishment in this world. This analysis threw considerable light on the believerunbeliever relationship, as focused in Muhammad's experience of being caught up in a triangular drama involving God, the unbelievers and himself. In this chapter I will continue the analysis through into the Medinan period.