"A meticulous quest for the historical Muhammad...This sympathetic, engrossing biography portrays Muhammad as a passionate, complex, fallible human being--a charismatic leader possessed of political as well as spiritual gifts, and a prophet whose monotheistic vision intuitively answered the deepest longings of his people." -- "Publishers Weekly""Respectful without being reverential, knowledgeable without being pedantic, and, above all, readable. It succeeds because [Armstrong] brings Muhammad to life as a fully rounded human being." -- "The Economist""This portrayal of the prophet of Islam and the setting from which he emerged will captivate and enlighten general readers with a newfound understanding of modern events in the Middle East." -- "Library Journal""A fresh, well-written, and often insightful account whose ten chapters give special attention to the religions roots, experiences, and motivations of Muhammad." -- "Choice"
Respectful, knowledgeable, and, above all, readable. It succeeds because [Armstrong] brings Muhammad to life as a fully rounded human being.--The Economist
Karen Armstrong's sympathetic profile paints a portrait of a very human prophet--Wall Street Journal
Karen Armstrong s sympathetic profile paints a portrait of a very human prophet--Wall Street Journal"
A good glimpse of how the vast majority of the world's Muslims understand their prophet.--New York Times
Praise for 'The Spiral Staircase': 'The book deserves many readers!Karen Armstrong must be a Woman of Iron to have survived, made a career and a life.' Hilary Mantel 'A subtle and funny memoir.' Sunday Telegraph 'An exceptionally impressive autobiography!Karen Armstrong's account of her spiralling journey provokes thought and inspires respect.' Daily Telegraph