Muhammad and Jesus are strongly contrasting historical figures, raised up as spiritual and moral paradigms by opposing, hostile camps. Often badly understood by believers within their own faith traditions, the two prophets are grossly misperceived by believers outside. Phipps (philosophy, Davis and Elkins Coll.) hopes that Christians and Muslims can begin to understand one another by studying Muhammad and Jesus, respectively, and by drawing comparisons between them. His work, well researched and executed, will reward the serious student of religious thought. Since it is written for Western readers, the author strives especially to correct our faulty ideas of Muhammad, but he also shows how the teachings of Jesus are poorly known among Muslims. For academic libraries as well as public libraries with substantial religious collections.-James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.