I read somewhere that Muslims beheaded 400-900 males of Banu Qurayza after they were defeated in war.
- Is there any reliable reference supporting this claim?
Update: This incident is allegedly exaggerated or invented, according to the following sources:
- Meri, Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia, p. 754.
- Arafat, "New Light on the Story of Banu Qurayza and the Jews of Medina", p. 100-107. Arafat relates the testimony of Ibn Hajar, who denounced this and other accounts as "odd tales" and quoted Malik ibn Anas, a contemporary of Ibn Ishaq, whom he rejected as a "liar", an "impostor" and for seeking out the Jewish descendants for gathering information about Muhammad's campaign with their forefathers.
- Nemoy, "Barakat Ahmad's "Muhammad and the Jews"", p. 325. Nemoy is sourcing Ahmad's Muhammad and the Jews.