From the bestselling writer of ‘The History of God’ and the widely acclaimed ‘Islam – A Short History’ comes another valuable addition to the ‘Eminent Lives’ series, Karen Armstrong’s ‘Muhammad’.
Muhammad was born in 570 C.E., and over the following sixty years built a thriving spiritual community, laying the foundations of a religion that changed the course of world history. There is more historical data on his life than on that of the founder of any other major faith, and yet his story is consistently misunderstood, and subject to much distortion and error. This story is more relevant now than ever, offering crucial insight into the true origins of an increasingly radicalised Islam.
An acclaimed authority on religious and spiritual issues, Karen Armstrong offers a balanced portrait of this revered figure. Through comparison with other prophets and mystics, she illuminates Muhammad’s spiritual ideas; she uses the facts of his life, from which Muslims have drawn instruction for centuries, to make the tenets of Islam clear and accessible for modern readers of all faiths.
This is an immaculately researched new biography of Muhammad that dismantles centuries of misconceptions to reveal the man at the heart of Islam.
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‘An exceptionally impressive autobiography…Karen Armstrong’s account of her spiralling journey provokes thought and inspires respect.’ Daily TelegraphBook Description:
A life of the prophet Muhammad by bestselling religious writer Karen Armstrong.
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Book Description London HarperPress, 2006. First edition 8vo 249 pages illustrated with 2 maps. Fine hard back with a fine unclipped dust jacket. No inscriptions or marks. "Muhammad presents a fascinating portrait of the founder of a religion that continues to change the course of world history. Muhammad's story is more relevant than ever because it offers crucial insight into the true origins of an increasingly radicalized Islam. Countering those who dismiss Islam as fanatical and violent, Armstrong offers a clear, accessible, and balanced portrait of the central figure of one of the world's great religions.". Bookseller Inventory # 16158
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Book Description HarperCollins, London, 2006. 1st ed.. Hardback dustjacket, very good condition (in very good dustjacket), edges little foxed, pages lightly toned, minor edgewear jacket. 249 pp. In this well researched new biography the author gives a balanced look at this revered figure. Through comparison with other prophets and mystics, the author illuminates Muhammad's spiritual ideas and uses the facts of his life, from which Muslims have drawn instruction for centuries, to make the tenets of Islam clear and understandable for readers of all faiths. Bookseller Inventory # 27975