Muhammad: Prophet for Our Time Paperback – 5 Mar 2007
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
I have read several Karen Armstrong books before and will look to read more in the future - definitely recommended.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
By the looks of it this writer has no axe to grind either against or for Islam which is refreshing as in a book like this you either get apologetics or down right Islamaphobes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MrTellyBelly
The only reliable biographies of Muhammad and Islam are by Ibn Ishaq and Tabari.
Ibn Ishaq's wrote the very first biography about Muhammad and his followers: Sirat Rasul... Read more
I really enjoyed this book which put things in context. Would recommend as a starting point to understanding Islam for anyone.Published 11 months ago by S Rafiq
I was expecting more details, but still a good book if you want to know about Muhamed . It reveals the good the bad and the ugly about his time.Published 17 months ago by rebwar anwar