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on 22 July 2017
Actually this edition of the "The Life" is a shortening of the original version. So it isn't what I wanted. In particular, the account of the torture of a man who had hidden some riches, is left out. In consequence, I feel it should have been made clear on amazon that this is not the unedited version. A careful search of the internet will show interested readers where to get the unabridged version.
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on 29 September 2017
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on 5 May 2013
I have been looking for the earliest records of Islam and found them in this book - collected memories of people who were there and knew Muhammed. It is a very good translation , easy to read and is very valuable for me and has been vital for the writing of my own book. - Tanya
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on 10 September 2017
excellent and factual. a must for anyone interested in the sira of mohammad
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on 13 November 2010
A translated edition of the earliest full biography of Muhammad, Ibn Ishak has long held a reputation for being a no-holds-barred narrator of the Islamic prophet's life. His tone is reverent and honorific, but unwittingly candid. Embellished with curious and tortuous myths and accounts of the messenger's childhood, early recognition, and early prophetic experiences, Ibn Ishak is also one of three primary sources for the 'Satanic verses' episode. He matter of factly narrates the brutal command to torture Kinana, a leading Jew at Khaibar, to reveal his treasures, the very early consummation of his 'marriage' with the murdered man's wife, Safiyya, a strikingly beautiful teenage Jewess, as well as many other equally savage and shocking episodes.
This book is a lengthy but illuminating window into 7th century Arabia and a life which has shaped three continents, which is still curiously viewed as a pattern of purity and perfection by many.
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on 16 May 2015
This great translation of the original Ibn Ishaq has been simplified in "The Fascinating Story of Muhammad" by Ahmad Shameem.
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on 8 July 2017
Ibn Ishaq's سيرة رسول الل (Biography of the Messenger of Allah) has been lost. But an annotated version by Ibn Hisham does exist and this is the version that Alfred Guillaume (1888-1966) used to write his book "The Life of Muhammad".
As with any Oxford Universtity Press publication, this is a worthy piece of academic literature, which is just as well because there aren't any other publications in the English language to compare it with. There's at least one summary of Ibn Hisham's book that I know of (by The Folio Society) that's light reading and less academically oriented. Both books have a place in the literature but clearly Guillaume's book covers far more detail at 690 pages of biography plus 170 pages of Ibn Hisham's notes.
I have on small niggle, which is surprising given the academic credentials of the author and his publisher. Nowhere in the book does is tell you what "I.I.", "I.S." and "I.H." mean. It's conventional in academic literature to give the name in full together with the associated abbreviation before you start using the abbreviation, but this edition of the book doesn't do that. It's frustrating when you are trying to track down sources not to be given this information. Now obviously "I.I." means Ibn Ishaq, and "I.H." probably means Ibn Hisham, but what about "I.S."? In the end I had to go to another book on my shelf about the life of Muhammad ("Muhammad: his life based on the earliest sources" by Martin Lings) to find out what "I.S." means (Ibn Sa'd, the author of Kitab at-Tabawat al-Kabir).
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on 5 November 2015
Interesting read.
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on 26 October 2012
The Life of MuhammadProphet Mohammed is presented to mankind as the "perfect human being of all times" by believing Muslims. His life is recorder or reflected in the Quran,in the Hadis tradition and in early historical accounts of early Islam such as Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah. However certain preferences, deeds and sayings of Prophet Mohammed recorded in these early and first hand sources create problems when projected against modern ethical values. The Prophet's desire for Aisha, their marriage when Aisha was seven years old, and the consummation of this marriage when she was seven is one of these problematic historical facts. The restored and translated version of Ibn Ishag's biography of the Prophet is the first record of his life and was written without sensitivities of "political correctness" which may emerge among believers and non-believers hundreds and thousand years later. It is therefore an extremely important source to approach early history of Islam as a historical problematic.
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on 3 July 2015
A very good account of the violent life of the prophet Muhammad
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