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Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet

by Karen Armstrong, Karen Armstrong

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This biography attempts to strip away centuries of distortion and myth and present a balanced view of the man whose religion continues to dramatically affect the course of history.
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    Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: A post 9-11 revisit by the author, this time with emphasis to address possible misconceptions by non-Islamic readers.

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That was an interesting read. It's the first biography I read of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and it made me realise how much I needed it. The author has somewhat achieved her goal of clearing the misconceptions of the West. She often compares Islam with Christianity and Judaism. I felt it was lacking in many areas. This biography is heavily political with only tidbits of his personal side. So it would've been better if she had written more of Muhammad ﷺ as a father, friend, and husband. Nonetheless, I liked it. ( )
  sunflowered13 | Jan 22, 2023 |
An interesting and balanced biography that sheds some light on contemporary issues. ( )
  SGTCat | Feb 25, 2021 |
This book is an interesting, readable biography of Muhammad. Though one should remember that it is not a purely historical account since such an account does not exist. The book basically describes the life of Muhammad as accepted by Muslim tradition.[return][return]As a result, criticism is rare and Muhammad as a person is described in a very positive light. Despite this, the book is a good introduction to early Islam. ( )
  Hanno | Jun 1, 2019 |
interesting book: Muhammad as "non-violence" advocate

p. 14 says "Muhammad was a peacemaker... worthy of Gandhi..."

it is definitely time for me to read the Koran, after I learn Arabic...

Read, Write, Dream, Teach !

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  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Readable? Yes, very. Ms. Armstrong does displace unconscious anti-Islamic preconceptions,but why does she have to do this by disparaging Christianity? I did learn a lot about Mohammed, and came to see him as a political genius who was attempting, as many of us are, to make a social system more equitable. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
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For Sally Cockburn, who also understands the pain and power of misrepresentation.
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It has been difficult for Western people to understand the violent Muslim reaction to Salman Rushdie's fictional portrait of Muhammad in The Satanic Verses.
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Muhammed: A Prophet for Our Time (c2006) is Armstrong's second biography of Muhammed. Her first was Muhammed: A Biography of the Prophet (published in 1991). Armstrong writes in the introduction to the second biography that "in the wake of September 11, we need to focus on other aspects of Muhammad's life. So this is a completely new and entirely different book, which, I hope, will speak more directly to the terrifying realities of our post-September 11 world." (p. 7)
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This biography attempts to strip away centuries of distortion and myth and present a balanced view of the man whose religion continues to dramatically affect the course of history.

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