The Jews of Arabia and the Making of Islam

Part IV

Ka’b In a specious complex in the city of Medina, surrounded by heavy golden trophies, reclining on a soft silk sofa (not unlike today’s Saudi-controlled OPEC), Ka’b ibn Asad, head of the Jewish Qurayza tribe, determines the next month’s international price for gold and wine. As the elected leader of the clan, he implements a strict separatist policy of “Qurayza first,” that also benefits the other Jewish tribes. After two of the Qurayza caravans are attacked and looted by armed men from Mohammed’s camp, a meeting is set with this new player who claims to be a prophet. The meeting…