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  1. says:

    I ve been on a quest to read about Islam, so I will not be an absolute ignoramus about it, as Americans are often accused of being I ve read a few books on the topic, but this is the first one I can honestly recommend Karen Armstrong has not written a page turner with this biography of Muhammad in fact, I brought it with me for a long plane flight, figuring only total boredom would force me to read it But she has written a powerful biography that not only details Muhammad s long and very interesting career, it also reveals his beating heart, his absolute sincerity, and his humanity in both its frailty and its spiritual strength I was genuinely touched by what I learned of Muhammad s spiritual visions, his kindness, his integrity, and especially his relationships with women And, oh yes, I definitely did improve my knowledge of Islam, which Armstrong is able to unpack with great skill.It IS a bit tedious to plow through in places But truly if you want to understand the spiritual core of Islam not the Islam that has been co opted by terrorists this is a great place to start.


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    A great biography of Muhammad PBUH that follows him throughout his life If a person is used to some spellings of Arabic words, it will take time to learn other spellings This book is a great companion to the Qur an, and will allow the reader a greater understanding of the development of one of the world s greatest religions Islam.


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    An insight for us ignorant westerners brought up on purely Christian doctrine as to what makes the other half of the world tick This book eases the reader through the violent landscape of tribal Arabia to help us appreciate just why Muhammad is important, not only as the Muslim prophet, but as a complex, political character who could unite nations.Whether read on a secular or religious level the book entertains the reader with its exotic backdrops, entertaining cast and non judgemental text One is left to form ones own opinions on the merits of Muhammad s life as the author adeptly records events without ever making the error of sounding like a dry, dusty, critical historian.All the details are in place, but in a format that reads like an adventure novel rather than a lecture, highly entertaining and fresh.Current events are touched upon in a sensitive, restrained fashion but really they are the one unnecessary aspect of the book The storyline alone provides many answers as to just why fanatical adherents are willing to go to such extremes in the name of their prophet.One comes away from the book, if not fully understanding the Muslim mindset, then at least appreciating why the devotion is there.A wonderful, entertaining read.


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    I was doubtful at first Armstrong seemed to be biased too much in the other way i.e going out of her way to portray Islam in a good light to counteract what she perceives as centuries of Western ignorance and prejudice She spent a good chapter at first excoriating the West for its reprehensible attitude toward Islam But then the biography got really good You know, once it actually started Armstrong s descriptions of life, traditions, and politics in 7th century Arabia are fascinating Her narrative of the beginnings of Islam is quite compelling And, of course, the characters are vivid Muhammad, all of his wives Khadija and Aisha were particularly interesting , Abu Bakr, Umar Uthman, Ali, and all of his enemies It was an engrossing and informative read.


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    This is an important book about a Person Westerners need to know about The author has set an example of balanced scholarship and sensitivity that all religious scholars would be well served to emulate In the book, the author not only chronicles the life of the Founder of Islam, but also documents the many false statements promulgated in the West for centuries about Muhammad and Islam The author courageously explains such difficult subjects for Westerners such as the station of women in Muhammad s day along with what He did to elevate their status as well as the concept of jihad which is revealed to the reader to be much that just holy war I found the author s insights into Muhammad s politics fascinating and these insights did not quell the great respect I have for this Divine Revelator, but rather increased my astonishment at His social creativity in the hostile environment He found himself in Finally, the book is written with sensitivity to Muslims and helped me understand some of the special challenges Muslims living in the West have As a delightful bonus, the book is quite readable for a religious scholar s work.


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    Very interesting When I first started reading this book, I was sorta doubtful, putting in mind that a book about the prophet or Islam written by a non Muslim would be somehow biased, inaccurate or misleading But to my surprise, this book was beyond my wildest expectations Karen Armstrong was concerned enough to write a book about the prophet Muhammad PBUH to clarify some of the most controversial and debatable issues about him and Islam a whole Especially after the wake of September 11 and all the Islamophobic attitudes which increasingly started to break out in the air In her book, Armstrong does a very good job in introducing an analytical, well written, decent biography about Muhammad PBUH with a cleverly clear emphasis on issues have been always subject to a great criticism by westerns such as the concept of jihad and war, his multi wives and hijab She also portrays amazingly the ideology of Arabia in the 6th century before the Islam would be introduced and before the prophethood of Muhammad PBUH , in order to show the massive complex challenges faced the prophet when he began to reform the social, political and economic systems.It was so interesting to read a biography about the prophet PBUH from a western and non Muslim perspective I loved the way her analysis went so profoundly to shed light on the different aspects of the prophet s life, and then relating them to today s misunderstood conceptions of Islam For me, the most astonishing part was when she talked about the Qur an The way she talked about it was remarkably marvelous to the extent that I really couldn t believe that she is not a Muslim She didn t only talk about the Qur anic tolerable teachings but her deep analysis extended to consider the rich allusive language used and its spiritual effects on humans consciousness Armstrong seeks through her book to encourage a new understanding towards Islam taking Muhammad PBUH as a starting point It was crystal clear also that she is trying to advance understanding and appreciating one another religion Finally, although her research and study are notably valid as she refers to people such as Ibn Ishaq and Tabari, some of the events and facts were incorrect and inaccurately addressed.


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    Comparative religions writer, Karen Armstrong s book, Mohammad, really helps us to understand the Prophet of Islam I believe that this book is a must read for all Westerners who really care to know, in an unbiased way, the foundations of Islam Because we often do NOT understand, in being western we can often cause harm than good in the wrongful opinions that we believe and espouse In working to help Christian and Jews of the west to understand people of Islam, I have often used this as a reference, a recommendation for church groups, and for people helping refugees and immigrants from Islamic countries integrate here in the west Unlike many writers from the East, Armstrong tries to show us exactly who Mohammad was, his strengths, his weaknesses, and his actual life She gives us background in the area, especially where Mecca is, and its historical background so we can understand Mohammad s early life and the importance of what this religion brought to the area when it came forth Armstrong helps us to understand Mohammad s early life His father dead before he was born, his mother dead by the time he was seven, being brought up as an orphan by his uncle, going to work for Kajika, a woman in her forties who had survived four husbands and was a major business person who employed and promoted many men in the trade business that she conducted Kajika s marriage proposal to Mohammad, 16 years her junior and their 26 year marriage Kajika s providing support for Mohammad s spiritual searching and then becoming the first convert to Islam after his remarkable interactions with the angel, Gabriel for the Islamics, Gibreal.The book then goes on to give us and account of his mistakes, his struggles, the wars, Kajka s eventual death and his eventual marrying of many women and why this occured, why it was important for women of the time, and how we can fully understand it.Armstrong then gives us a history of the rest of Mohammad s life and the after math after his death with the political and wars happening between his cousin, and named successor, Ali, married to Mohammad s daughter, Fatima and his youngest wife, Aisha that give us the present major factions of Islam, the Sunni and the Shi ite Over all this book is one of the best, non biased books to help all of us understand Islam and how it relates to Judaism and Christianity It points out the many wrong stereotypes that we havecame from the Roman Catholic church who felt so threatened by Islam s direct relationship with God, that even in Mohammad s time the Roman church was making up lies about Mohammad and Islam For understanding Islam and women for westerners, I highly recommend, Nine parts of Desire the Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks who helps us to break down our sterotypes and see the problems of living within many cultures from the actual view point of the Islamic Women themselves who help us to understand where we do NOT understand them.In understanding what is going on in Afghanistan and in part the middle east right now I also recommend Holy War, Unholy Victory Eyewitness to the Cia s Secret War in Afghanistan for a real understanding of the roots of where we are right now with the Afghan war Although it only covers up to the early nineties, it helps us understand the Soviet invasion of 1979, our creation of the Tailiban, and what is really going on right now It takes away many of the false premises that we have been given for the current war.


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    I ve read several biographies of the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, but this one was unique Karen is respectful and yet not reverential, and although she uses orthodox Muslim historical sources Ibn Ishaq, Tabari, Muhammad Ibn Sa d and al Waqidi her outsider approach produced some surprises in what I thought was a familiar topic.She tries to rationalize several incidents, sometimes ignoring the sources in the search for a credible explanation An early example is that the army of Abraha the Abyssinian governor of southern Arabia which attempted to destroy the ka bah on the year of the prophet s birth, relating that at the very gates of the city it seems that his army was stricken by plague and forced to beat an ignominious defeat This isn t a weakness though, as it provides historical context and forces an evaluation of the source whether they could be romanticised, tweaked or exaggerated in retelling She also strongly contextualizes many incidents, providing significant political background to the conflict with the Jewish tribes of Medina.One of the most interesting things about the narrative by far was the attention paid to the socioeconomic situation in Arabia through the time period, explaining it from several generations before the prophet s birth to his death in detail than the original sources or any secondary ones I ve yet come across This brings an understanding of the power dynamics in the community, how various factors interplay with the newly founded religion of Islam and the complex motivations of different characters She claims that the tribal solidarity ethic of nomadic Arabs was ill suited to cosmopolitan life when Quraysh settled in Mecca, and discussed the slow dissolution of society as the first generation to be born without the daily risk of desert life became mercantile and obsessed with financial profit, neglecting the weak and creating a rapidly growing wealth and class divide which was new to Arabs The youth, who felt growing malaise and a lack of belonging in this new Arabia, were naturally among the first to be attracted to Islam, given that social solidarity was one of the first messages preached.The main weaknesses of the book are poor transliteration and several infuriating contradictions of itself or its sources there is no evidence that Muhammad saw Islam as a universal religion being one of the worst But if you are already familiar with the source material, that isn t significantly detrimental to its enjoyability Ultimately it ends on a positive note, balancing the just war theology with the strong evidence for a complementary paradigm of peace evidenced from the treaty of Hudaybiyah, the opening of Mecca and the subsequent reconciliation with and forgiveness of Quraysh Written at the time of the Rushdie crisis, the opening chapter discusses the modern climate of fear and hatred towards Islam and Muslims together with historical trends in Eastern Western relations, and calls for an attempt to come to mutual understanding and fight Western media and academic bias against Islam I think she succeeded in presenting a sympathetic, accessible portrayal which is greatly relevant to our modern times, and therefore I happily recommend it.


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