In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad

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Oxford University Press, Feb 5, 2007 - Religion - 256 pages
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Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one of the most influential figures in human history. In the Footsteps of the Prophet is a fresh and perceptive look at Muhammad, capturing a life that was often eventful, gripping, and highly charged. Ramadan provides both an intimate portrait of a man who was shy, kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. More important, Ramadan presents the main events of the Prophet's life in a way that highlights his spiritual and ethical teachings. The book underscores the significance of the Prophet's example for some of today's most controversial issues, such as the treatment of the poor, the role of women, Islamic criminal punishments, war, racism, and relations with other religions. Selecting those facts and stories from which we can draw a profound and vivid spiritual picture, the author asks how can the Prophet's life remain -- or become again -- an example, a model, and an inspiration? And how can Muslims move from formalism -- a fixation on ritual -- toward a committed spiritual and social presence? In this thoughtful and engaging biography, Ramadan offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and he introduces non-Muslims not just to the story of the Prophet, but to the spiritual and ethical riches of Islam.

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This was honest and included some historical details that others might not include from pre-islam years. It was excellent and I learned a lot even though I read other biographies of his before. Read full review

In the footsteps of the prophet: lessons from the life of Muhammad

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Swiss Muslim Ramadan (research fellow, St. Anthony's Coll., Oxford Univ. & Lokahi Fdn., London;Western Muslims and the Future of Islam ) provides neither biography nor true history but instead ... Read full review


1 Encounter with the Sacred
2 Birth and Education
3 Personality and Spiritual Quest
4 Revelation Knowledge
5 The Message and Adversity
6 Resistance Humility and Exile
7 Trials Elevation and Hopes
8 Hijrah
11 Tricks and Treason
12 A Dream Peace
13 Coming Home
14 At Home Over There
15 Debtless
In History for Eternity

9 Medina Life and War
10 Teachings and Defeat

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Tariq Ramadan is a Research Fellow at St. Antonys College, Oxford University and the Lokahi Foundation (London). He is the author of Western Muslims and the Future of Islam; Islam, the West, and the Challenges of Modernity; and To Be a European Muslim.

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