The Heirs Of The Prophet Muhammad: And the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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A natural storyteller, [Rogerson] achieves his purpose not by viewing the first great schism of Islam from the outside, but by immersing his readers in the master narrative of events as these came to be viewed ... An absorbing narrative that captures the epic quality of an era to which Muslims of all persuasions look for inspiration (SUNDAY TIMES)
THE HEIRS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD vividly illustrates how the debates, the decisions and the sometimes bloody conflicts that resulted from trying to discern God's will in the absence of God's Prophet ultimately gave birth to the varied and wonderful trad (GUARDIAN)
A wonderfully vivid history of Islam after Muhammad's death - and the sequel to Rogerson's acclaimed THE PROPHET MUHAMMADSee all Product Description
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Rogerson is an excellent storyteller, a professional, in fact. In the preface, Rogerson tells how, when taking Western tourists around Roman sites in a Muslim country, he heard groups of men sitting around in cafes telling tales from the days of the Prophet as if they were fresh and new. "I was on the side of a good story," says Rogerson. "The life of the Prophet Muhammad is a story of overpowering pathos and beauty. It is history, tragedy and enlightenment compressed into one tale." And that's how Rogerson tells it.
He has the knack of taking the reader into the picture, of conjuring up the sights and sounds and smells of Arabia in the days of Muhammad. And he gives us a sense of the struggles that Muhammad and his early followers went through, of the Prophet's family, and of the harsh life of the Arabs in the desert. He tells it in the end as a tale of triumph over challenge, but never implies that victory was a foregone conclusion.
But - and it is a big but - I was conscious throughout that Rogerson had omitted much of the very difficult episodes of Muhammad's apparent cruelty that Spencer includes in his book. In fact, my first reaction to Rogerson's book was that he was a Romantic, that he had to some extent sentimentalized Muhammad's story and had evaded these difficult episodes.Read more ›
Read them both, as well as the relevant hadith by Bukhari and Muslim.
Guillaume made the fatal mistake of using the title God for Allah. Allah is not Almighty God.
But his fawning servility towards Islam, its Prophet and Caliphs undoes much of his good work and leaves a nasty taste in the reader's mind. For example, at one point he heaps praise on Muhammad for his religious philosophy of peace and tolerance but within a page is recounting with relish rather than irony Mohammad's sack of a merchant caravan the contents of which were stolen, the men murdered and the women enslaved as concubines (raped in other words). In another section he implies that the supernatural parts of Islamic history (visitations by angels, etc.) are actual historical fact.
If a book so docile and uncritical were written about the early days and personalities of the Christian Church it would be scorned by any critical reader and never see the light of day outside an SPCK bookshop. The author has done his subject and his readers no service in his scrupulous avoidance of the historical method and by implying that non-European cultures are too fragile to cope with such attention his work smacks of unwitting racism.
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just superbly written and highly informational for an European with little knowledge of Muhammad and the rise of IslamPublished 1 month ago by Ulric Thiede
The author who has written this book has very little knowledge as to how old Islam really is All the prophets where actually on the religion of Islam, Prophet Mohammed was not the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by ashraf mughal
Very balanced, clear and well written. Essential really to understand this aspect of Islamic history in order to interpret events in the modern Middle East.Published 21 months ago by A Reader
The author have given this delicate subject a neutral and sympathetic bit comprehensive coverage. His examination of the Umayyad dynasty is particularly helpful.Published on 2 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a Muslim it was nice to read an account of the life of the prophet PBUH by a none Muslim author. Read morePublished on 8 July 2013 by M. Asim Ayub
This book is good condition and not damaged at all, but the title is The Heirs of Prophet Mohammad, this is the general explanation of Heirs after the prophet and really an... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by Jaffary