The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography / Edition 1

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The Prophet Muhammad is a hero for all humankind. In his lifetime he established a new religion; Islam; a new state, the first united Arabia; and a new literary language -- the classical Arabic of the Qur'an, for the Qur'an is believed to be the word of God revealed to Muhammad by the Archangel Gabriel. A generation after his death he would be acknowledged as the founder of a world empire and a new civilization. Any one of these achievements would be more than enough to permanently establish his genius, but Muhammad also managed to stay true to himself and retained to his last days the humility, courtesy and humanity that he had learned as an orphan shepherd boy in central Arabia. If one looks for a parallel example in the history of Christianity, one would have to combine Paul the Apostle with the Emperor Constantine and Francis of Assisi.

In this fascinating and insightful biography, Barnaby Rogerson explores the life and times of this deeply influential figure. Vividly describing the sixth-century Arabia where Muhammad was born. Rogerson charts his early years among the flocks, the caravans and the markets of his native Mecca; the night the Archangel Gabriel appeared before him and Muhammad became the messenger of God; the dangerous years of reciting the divine revelations in Mecca; his escape to Yathrib (Medina) and the subsequent battles between the pagan Meccans and the Prophet's Muslim forces, who would ultimately prove victorious. In a world where the understanding of religions is ever more essential, Barnaby Rogerson's book could not be better timed. A sharp, thoughtful, open-minded account, it brilliantly captures the historical resonance and spiritual significance of this extraordinary man, leader, visionary and prophet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587680298
  • Publisher: HiddenSpring
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 700,071
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Timeline of History: 400-641 C.E. viii
Maps of Arabia xii
Preface: Dreaming of the Prophet 1
Chapter 1 Dawn over Mecca 11
Chapter 2 Arabia and Her Neighbours 25
Chapter 3 From Boy Shepherd to the Caravans of Old Arabia 43
Chapter 4 Muhammad: Man, Husband, Father, Seeker 68
Chapter 5 Muhammad's First Revelations 88
Chapter 6 Muhammad in Medina: The Prophet and His City 121
Chapter 7 War with Mecca 146
Chapter 8 Victory and Magnanimity: Muhammad Converts Arabia to Islam 174
Epilogue: The Successor 211
The Ninety-Nine Names of Allah 218
A Note on Sources 221
Further Reading 228
Acknowledgements 232
Index 234
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