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Muhammad: Prophet for Our Time Paperback – 5 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000725606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007836864
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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A life of the prophet Muhammad by bestselling religious writer Karen Armstrong. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Being a person very familiar with the life of Muhammad, both through personal study, and from the interactions with learned Muslims, I was at first a little ambivalent as to whether there was much for me to learn in this study. I am happy to be proved wrong in this case, as Karen Armstrong's work provides a realistic and healthy rebuttal to the many detractions against Islam's Prophet.
Even the most stubborn skeptic of the supernatural would find it hard to disagree that Muhammad was a much better man than the times he lived in. He was, as Karen Armstrong demonstrates, a benevolent social reformer who tried to provide a better path forward than the eclectic paganism of his time, and the lawless, dog eat dog system of tribal honor.
Armstrong's study does not concern itself greatly with the supernatural aspects of the prophet's life. Revelations are mentioned, but only in passing, and the main bulk of the text concerns the intentions and deeds of the prophet's life.
Contrary to the claims of his detractors, Muhammad was a man who abhorred violence, and took to it only as a last resort, and even then did so with a system of rules, far more noble and lenient than the other tribes of his time.
Muhammad is presented as a man with a great degree of respect and reverance for the people of the book, and one struggles to imagine as to why the three holy faiths are at loggerheads today.
Very little attention is given to the supernatural, rather the biography simply focuses on the man, and presents a positive, yet wholly human, portrait of the prophet.
On the whole, a much needed study, and one that can be recommended to all, regardless of one's familiarity with the subject matter.
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If you are looking to get a basic understanding of the life of Muhammad without too much interest in the distinction between sunni, shi'ite and sufi amongst others then I recommend this book. Written by Karen Armstrong, a former nun recognised for undertstanding and describing many religious traditions, the book takes the reader through the journey of the life of Muhammad. Little of his early life is covered, but his time in Mecca, Medina (Yathrib as well) and Mecca again is well covered. His revelations, efforts to build a religious movement and leadership and described without judgement and the glossary in the back providing some translations as well as a who's who is welcomed. I found it sometimes a bit difficult to follow who was who (the glossary did help) but other than that I learnt a lot and enjoyed reading this.

I have read several Karen Armstrong books before and will look to read more in the future - definitely recommended.
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At a little over 200 pages I wasn't expecting this book to be a comprehensive biography of Muhammad or a detailed history of Islam. Indeed this book's strength is its very humanist approach, focusing neatly on the principle subject matter. Having a limited knowledge of Muhammad I found this book very accessible and enlightening. As an in introduction to Islam Karen Armstrong provides a refreshing perspective compared to some of the more negative portrayals prevalent in the media.
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the understanding that karen has of the prophet in pasticular and islam in general is unsurpassed in the western world,if i didnt know better id have thought it was a muslim writer,thats how much affection she shows for the subject.and her in depth analysis is refreshing for muslims alike as it breaks away from the typical style of islamic sholars and gives a fresh approach to the subject
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By lax123 on 23 Jun. 2012
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Loved reading this book, it is interesting unlike some of the books around on Islam. Karen Armstrong seems to have grasped the concept of an interesting history book which is concise and insightful. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about the Muslim prophet.
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It would be too much to expect that the founder of any of the world's major religions could be understood from one book, even at the introductory level (not counting sacred scripture, direct exposure to which may be essential). Consider Christianity, consider Buddhism. In the U.S., especialy after 9/11, it may be especially difficult to understand the life of Muhammad. Even before 9/11, even from the early times of Islam, Christian sources were critical of Islam and Muhammad. It is difficult to get a balanced read from any single source: if such a source exists, how to know which it is?

I had read the Qu'ran years ago but recently have read criticisms of Muhammad from conservative Christians. I had been impressed from my own reading of the Qu'ran and by my Muslim friends so was more than skeptical of the criticisms I read of both Islam and Muhammad. Not expecting to get to an answer easily but not wanting to spend too much time to get some perspective, I opted for this portrait which, by intent, set out to present Muhammad in a "balanced way". I had not read Karen Armstrong before. I knew she did not have a scholarly background in Islam ( excepting self-made), but that she seemed respected in the area of comparative religions, although not without critics. So I chose this book expecting it to have introductory value and to offset or put into perspective some criticisms of Muhammad I had heard from conservative Christians.

This is an exceptionally well-written book and it does not seem to dodge some of those aspects of Muhammad's life that others were critical of. It does, as Armstrong intended, appear to attest well to his contributions. I expect it will serve me well as I learn more about Muhammad and the formative history of Islam, which I mean to do.
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