An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God

The Book

The full name of the book is "Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God [2 volumes]"



Coeli Fitzpatrick (Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Frederik Meijer Honors College) and Adam Hani Walker(doctoral student, Islamic history, Univ. of Leeds, England).

Topic:Ahmadiyya, Page no.16

The book is an encyclopedic and comprehensive source of information about persons and terms related to Muhammad (saw) and it contains, surprisingly, an entry on 'Ahmadiyya', wedged between Ahl-al-Suffa and A'isha.

The book's own guidance states: "... track important dates in the life of Muhammad and the development of Islam to the end of the Ottoman caliphate." (p. viii).

Prof. John Capucci wrote this article of the encyclopedia that appears out of place in terms of selection, editing and language. It is likely that one of the editors, Adam Hani Walker, is a member of the Ahmadiyya community (we were unable to confirm the identity as being the same as a well-known Ahmadi by the name of Adam Walker).

Within the topic, the author inserted a paragraph of "Finality of Prophethood", which should probably have been the encyclopedic entry.

The only academic references cited by this article are those of Prof. Yohanan Friedman and H.A. Walter, and the content of the article contradicts the works of both. For example:

  1. ibn-i-Arabi never used the terms 'ghayr shar'i' or 'non-law-bearing prophets'
  2. 'Alternative view regarding the continuation of prophethood has been held by a number of Muslim theologians' is simple academic dishonesty.