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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As a non-Muslim I feel Armstrong's book was a good introduction to this important person from a culture quite different from mine. I like that Armstrong identifies the early biographers and that she ... Read full review

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The title says it all: Armstrong argues forcefully that Muhammad, the figure behind Islam, is a prophet for our time. This, of course, makes him either a man out of time or a man ahead of his time ... 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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