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A very superficial book. Profoundly disappointing.
on 19 September 2014
This is a very poor and disappointing book which does its subject scant justice. Whatever one's views on Islam, it is almost universally recognised how towering a figure Muhammad was as a spiritual, political and military leader and as a law-giver. Indeed, not just during his life-time. Unlike Alexander The Great, Napoleon and others, what he achieved did not collapse upon his death or earlier, but his legacy actually endured. And huge amounts are known about Muhammad including the precise date he died in the year 632.
So it is both surprising and sad that the author has spurned the opportunity to draw upon and examine this vast treasure trove of widely available information about Muhammed and his leadership. Instead the author has given us a very superficial, lightweight book which indulges largely in conjecture, not fact and analysis. What a missed opportunity.