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|Muhammad is described as a complex and passionate man, politically wise and true to what he understood to be a personal and transcendental mission||These sources contain internal complexities, anachronisms, discrepancies, and contradictions|
|"Muhmmad," Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim world• 5, "One major challenge to examining initial contacts between Byzantium and the early Muslim umma arises from the controversy surrounding the traditional Islamic account|
|Karen Armstrong narrates the beginnings of Islam a word which means submission and peace , and of the theological and political disputes that soon affected the lives of families living in the Mecca or Medina||Kafih Jerusalem, 1984 , ch|
Ideally, one would like to be able to check such accounts against contemporary evidence.