Critical Lives: Muhammad

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Muhammad was a religious visionary and political leader. Raised in the harsh Arabian Peninsula and orphaned while still a child, this unlikely leader and military genius received a calling to transform his society from a collection of raiding tribes into one of the world's most progressive societies. His message of monotheism and righteousness motivated an entire people to abandon idolatry and spread the word of God to surrounding nations. Although he was a military genius, his greatest accomplishments came from ...

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Overview

Muhammad was a religious visionary and political leader. Raised in the harsh Arabian Peninsula and orphaned while still a child, this unlikely leader and military genius received a calling to transform his society from a collection of raiding tribes into one of the world's most progressive societies. His message of monotheism and righteousness motivated an entire people to abandon idolatry and spread the word of God to surrounding nations. Although he was a military genius, his greatest accomplishments came from the religion he preached: Islam, which called its adherents to lead a life of prayer, charity, and contemplation. The second largest religion in the world, both Islam's prophet and its values are today often misunderstood by adherents and outsiders alike.

This concise, informative biography explores:

  • Muhammad's background and boyhood, as well as the culture and society in which he lived
  • A look at Muhammad as a family man, and how his personal life was a testament to his high regard for women
  • Muhammad's mission as a prophet and his new religion's philosophy on topics ranging from monotheism to interfaith relations
  • The Qur'an and how it was revealed, how Muslims view it in their religious life, and the concept of Jihad from Muhammad's perspective
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028643717
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Critical Lives Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 384,212
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Yahiya Emerick is an American convert to Islam who has been involved in interfaith issues and education since 1990. He has a graduate degree in history, has authored 14 books for adults and children, and has been published in many magazines, including the Journal for Religion and Education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Muhammad's Early Life and Roots

1. Arabia Before Islam
2. The Child of Tragedy
3. Muhammad: Merchant of Mecca

Part Two: The Coming of Prophethood

4. From Citizen to Prophet
5. The Unwelcome Prophet
6. Finding a Home for Islam
7. From Mecca to Medina
8. The Challenge of Ascendancy

Part Three:  The Struggle for Survival

9. The Great Battle of Badr
10. The Battle of Uhud
11. The Great Siege of Medina
12. Going Home: The Conquest of Mecca

Part Four: Tomorrow the World

13. Arabia's Last Stand
14. Looking Northward
15. The Passing of a Prophet

Appendixes

A: Muhammad in Western Literature
B: An Outline of the Major Events of Muhammad's Life
C: Islam's First Twenty Years
D: Resources and References
E: The Lineage of Muhammad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2011

    Great Read

    Learned a number of things about Muhammad and Islam. A very easy and enjoyable read. You hear so much about Islam now days but even most educated people do not know much about it. This book is highly recommended.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Very easy read

    Quick read, good overview.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    Highly Recommended

    Enlightens as a textbook yet reads like a novel. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book. I learned a lot about the prophet Muhammad and Islam which is crucial at this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Truely excellent

    Realy shows the life of Muhammed. a good way for Muslims and Non-Muslims alike to get a better understanding of the Life of Muhammed. Something we realy need in the west at this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Highly Recommended Reading

    This is a well written account of the prophet's life from a Muslim perspective but without the usual rhetoric ('Oh how hard it must have been for the great prophet to endure...' Or 'What a wonderful and blessed man...' etc.) that normally distracts the reader from the actual events. The author does try to keep Muhammad's life in context with Arabia at that time, but he rarely makes assumptions about the prophet's emotions at key points in his life. This presentation of Muhammad's life allows the reader to make his/her own judgement about the prophet. It presents all the major occurences in the prophet's life in a clear and simple language. I recommend this book to muslims who wish to learn more about Muhammad's life, especially those who are still determining whether they truly believe in Islam or not. I also recommend this to non-muslims who wish to learn more about what muslims are taught about Muhammad; for the material is presented in such a manner that I believe only people looking for it would find offense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    I highly recommend it.

    A very good and concise book that covers a lot with boring the reader to death. Out of many writing styled that used by the author is most focused to presenting information in a manner understandable by the common person yet in depth enough for those who want to do further studies into the subject. I highly personally have gained a great insight into Islam and Muslim after reading this book. I highly recommend it.

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