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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st U.S. Ed edition (1 Mar. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062508865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062508867
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,489,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, but then left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 15 books. An accomplished writer and passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.

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A good glimpse of how the vast majority of the world's Muslims understand their prophet.--New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A life of the prophet Muhammad by bestselling religious writer Karen Armstrong. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crazylife on 24 May 2012
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This is a birllant book written beautifully and has really helped me to understand and appreciate the life of Muhammad as it was in his time. In fact the story is so interesting that it is hard to put this book down. It is evident that a lot of research has gone into writing this book and it is indeed nothing less than a work of art! Well done Karen Armstrong !!!!!!
I am very pleased with the purchase of this book - I should have brought this book long ago. It is a must for everyone!
Delivery was quick - thank you amazon
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Taha on 26 Aug. 2011
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This book gives a real insight into the life of the Prophet Mohammed and the trials and tribulations he dealt with when trying to convey Allah's message to the people of Arabia. Karen Armstrong has a terrific knowledge of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and can point out the many similarities. She also draws attention to the misinterpretations of Islam in the western world and how the religion of the western world has many skeletons in its closet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Farid A Reza on 17 July 2013
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The author does share faith with the Muslim people, but she wrote about prophet Muhammed with respect. There is criticism but it is not offensive. I recommend everyone to read it.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2001
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a balanced, informative and readable account of the Prophet of Islam. It is especially ideal for a western reader as it puts the events surrounding the coming of Islam not only into historical context but also within the context of Islam in the world today. Armstrong also dispels the popular conception of Islam as a harsh, fanatical religion that was spread 'by the sword' and of its prophet as an opportunistic womanising crusader. Indeed, she probes at the man behind the prophet and what emerges is a sensitive account of a man who was courageous yet fallible, strong yet gentle- a wise visionary who created a civilised society from what used to be the 'bloodbath' of pre-Islamic Arabia. She also emphasises the many similarities that Islam has in common with Judaism and Christianity and brings out the fact that Islam was really a continuation of those two great religions.
By setting the scene of pre-Islamic Arabia- a savage and tribal society, the reader not only appreciates that Islam was in fact a liberating force but also gains a sympathetic understanding of Muhammad's role and actions. Many aspects of his life and his actions that a westerner gazing at him through a twenty-first century lens finds hard to understand or reconcile with the actions of a prophet, are explained and put into context, such as his marrying twelve times.
Essentially, this is an excellent historical account and I would recommend it to anyone due to its readable and easy style and its well-balanced treatment of its subject.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Toofy on 29 Dec. 2010
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This book takes some time to get through but really worth it if you're interested in getting an accurate picture of what the man and the faith is all about. A breath of fresh air, well worth reading and even giving as a present to someone who wants an intelligent review of this man and his faith.
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58 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Jan. 2004
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As an atheist bought up as an anglican I was very much in the dark about Islam generally, though I do have some muslim friends. I found this book generally informative about Islam and the prophet. The book takes a while to get into Muhammad's life, the second chapter starts with the prophet's first vision, but then doesn't mention anything about the prophet's life after that, this occurs several times in the first few chapters. So prepare yourself for a lot of background and a lot of Islamic theology/philosophy at the start. Having said that the beginning of the book lays some very important groundwork for understanding what Muhammad was trying (and succeeding) to acheive, which is essential for the newcommer to the subject. I read this book as I wanted to find out about the Caliphate and thought it would be good background reading, which it was, but now I'll probably read more of Karen Armstrong's other books as well. She's such an informative writer, knows her subject inside out and is totally non-judgemental, leaving the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. If you buy this book you won't be disappointed.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun. 2002
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The books of Karen Armstrong are religious texts that, unlike those of many other religious scholars, are very accessible.
Having enjoyed 'A Short History Of Islam', I picked up the biography of the prophet "Muhammad" (peace be upon him [pboh])with enthusiasm. It did not disappoint.
The beauty of her writing is not just in the clear presentation of the historical facts of Muhammad (pboh)& his life, but her very accurate and compassionate explanation of these facts in a historical context. As we all know, if presented with information without context, mis-representation and misinterpretation follow and this breeds scepticsm and contempt.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Karen Armstrong writes in a clear and gripping manner and, as a rather poorly informed Muslim, helped me understand the background of my religion, rather than just the daily practises.
My favourite part of the book was the magical description of the "Isra" and "Miraj" - the Night Journey and the Ascent To The Seven Heavens. Nobody had ever told me about this fascinating event in the Prophet's life. Fascinating.
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