Ivy Tech professor speaks in Middle East about his book on Islam

News-Sentinel staff reports

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 12:01 am
Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast professor John Andrew Morrow recently returned from a weeklong trip to the Middle East to share information with Muslim and other leaders about his book “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.”

Morrow, a professor of foreign languages at Ivy Tech and a scholar of Islam, traveled to Abu Dhabi in mid-March at the invitation of a leader of the Tabah Foundation, a nonprofit organization that “offers suggestions and recommendations to opinion makers to help them assume a wiser and more socially-beneficial approach,” a news release said.

Morrow’s goal was to make diplomats, politicians, policy makers and religious scholars aware of the covenants made by Muhammad and how they can serve as a model for peaceful co-existence based on fundamental Islamic principles, the news release said.

The six covenants covered in Morrow’s book involve those Muhammad signed with Christian groups before his death in A.D. 632 and before Islam spread across the Middle East. Muhammad signed similar agreements with Jewish and other groups, Morrow has said previously. The covenants were to last until the end of the world.

In return for agreeing to live under the civil government of a Muslim confederation, the covenants reportedly guaranteed Christians their personal rights, property and freedom of religion, Morrow said previously. While known to Muslim scholars and many Muslim rulers, the covenants have been forgotten or ignored by many other Muslims and non-Muslims since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in early 1920s, Morrow has said.

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Dr. John Andrew Morrow is a senior scholar specializing in Islamic, Indigenous, and Hispanic Studies.