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Biography of the Prophet

By Karen Armstrong

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
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Published In: United Kingdom, 03 December 2001
Most people in the West know very little about the prophet Muhammad. The acclaimed religious writer Karen Armstrong has written a biography which will give us a more accurate and profound understanding of Islam and the people who adhere to it so strongly. Muhammad also offers challenging comparisons with the two religions most closely related to it - Judaism and Christianity. 'Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to its fundamentals, without over-simplifying' Sister Wendy Beckett, Sunday Times

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Karen Armstrong is a best-selling author New Introduction to bring the book up to date with the current situation 'Respectful without being reverential, knowledgeable without being pedantic and, above all, readable' Economist 'This book is a significant help to understanding the religious experience of Islam and of the fascinating life of Muhammad in particular' Glasgow Herald 'Not just a sympathetic book that would dispel the misconceptions and misgivings of its western readers, but also a book that is of considerable importance to Muslims' Muslim News

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Karen Armstrong spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, an experience she recollected in her best-selling autobiography, Through the Narrow Gate. She is the author of the world-wide bestseller, A History of God (which has now appeared in more than thirty languages), the acclaimed History of Jerusalem and, most recently, Buddha in the Weidenfeld & Nicolson Lives series. She is a teacher at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and, in 1999, she received the Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award.


Respectful, knowledgeable, and, above all, readable. It succeeds because [Armstrong] brings Muhammad to life as a fully rounded human being.--The Economist Karen Armstrong s sympathetic profile paints a portrait of a very human prophet--Wall Street Journal Karen Armstrong's sympathetic profile paints a portrait of a very human prophet--Wall Street Journal A good glimpse of how the vast majority of the world's Muslims understand their prophet.--New York Times

EAN: 9781842126080
ISBN: 1842126083
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 2.2 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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An elegant and respectful portrayal of not just the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) but also provides the reader with a realistic and clear understanding of the House of Islam at its roots.

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