Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time

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Harper Collins, Oct 17, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Muhammad was born in 570 CE, and over the following sixty years built a thriving spiritual community, laying the foundations of a religion that changed the course of world history. There is more historical data on his life than on that of the founder of any other major faith, and yet his story is little known.

Karen Armstrong's immaculately researched new biography of Muhammad will enable readers to understand the true origins and spirituality of a faith that is all too often misrepresented as cruel, intolerant, and inherently violent. An acclaimed authority on religious and spiritual issues, Armstrong offers a balanced, in-depth portrait, revealing the man at the heart of Islam by dismantling centuries of misconceptions. Armstrong demonstrates that Muhammad's life—a pivot point in history—has genuine relevance to the global crises we face today.


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A good, quick overview of Muhammad's life. - Goodreads
Clear, easy to read, and quite interesting. - Goodreads
It is a short book and readable prose. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Fairus - Goodreads

Karen Armstrong's writing is neutral and her understanding and rationales is somewhat better than most of the average Muslims. Read full review

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User Review  - Elke - Goodreads

An easy to read book, but Karen Armstrong seems to fall in love with the subject of her work, and seems to be unable to think critically. Although numerous other writers discuss the case of the Banu ... Read full review



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Karen Armstrong, author, scholar, and journalist, is among the world's foremost commentators on religious history and culture. Her books include the bestselling A History of God and The Battle for God, as well as Buddha and Islam: A Short History.

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