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The Prophet of Islam was a religious, political, and social reformer who gave rise to one of the great civilizations of the world. Later, he passed by the house of the first woman, who this time said nothing to him. After a while they agreed that the next person to enter the sanctuary would decide.

Character Assassination throughout the Ages pp Cite as. Arguably there is no better way to appreciate character assassination as practiced by medieval Christians than to consider early Christian biographies of Muhammad. One might think Muhammad would have rivals for this distinction among the Jews and the heretics, the two religious categories aside from Islam that played the biggest role in shaping early Christian identity.

The Earliest Biographies of the Prophet and Their Authors

I have personally read each of the following biographies of Prophet Muhammad. Some are certainly better than others. One should also be aware that there are many more books of seerah biography of the Prophet that I have not yet read. If you have read another and would like to share what you thought of it, please drop a comment to this entry so others can read your recommendation.

This is arguably one of the very best and most approachable biographies on the Prophet. At the same time, Dr. Lings attempted to make an accurate telling based on the earliest sources. One may also be interested to know that it was during the research for this book that Dr. Lings accepted Islam. This book is one of my personal favorites. Written by an esteemed Muslim from Lahore, Pakistan, this small book is packed with information. It is interesting to note that while the author attempts to give an accurate portrayal, you will not find much mention of supposedly miraculous accounts beyond the miracle of the Quran itself.

This is a very straightforward version. Though I was surprised—being used to reading accounts that include such as miracles of the Prophet Muhammad. Maulana Muhammad Ali is also an interesting writer from whom you will find interesting comments within this book.

Those that may be more likely to be skeptical and consider discussion of miracles to be embellishment will appreciate and be moved by this telling.

A present day Muslim convert in the U. This highly readable account covers a wealth of information, based on traditional sources of information. Emerick also utilizes a lot of geographical, historical and cultural information that you may not find in other biographies to give a clear picture of the setting and relate the significance of certain choices and situations the Prophet dealt with.

You will also learn more about the history of Arabia in an accessible way. This book is definitely best read by Muslims who are already relatively familiar with the life and mission of the Prophet.

The book covers the miraculous events in detail including certain events that would be questionable by modern standards. Unfortunately, no corresponding explanation is given to help one understand why the choices were correct for the time and place, so non-Muslims, skeptics and others who do not have sufficient background knowledge should steer clear of this book.

That said, it is based on authenticate early sources. It strives for accuracy, and presents the differing versions of several accounts. To Muslims, this book is one of the best books of seerah , next to The Sealed Nectar. This tiny book is not a critical analysis. Instead it is a simple and straightforward account of what the monotheist message was and how Muhammad brought it to Arabia. This book is written by a British scholar of Islam who is not a Muslim.

Of particular interest is her assertion that she is no longer a practicing Christian either, but has not chosen to follow Islam; she seems to still be searching. She is, however, sympathetic to Islam and highly knowledgeable of history.

Armstrong gives a wonderful accounting of historical background and puts choices, situations, and issues into a clear perspective of surrounding norms and expectations. In this way, even skeptics and those who continue to find Islamic injunctions not meeting modern day conceptions can see how much of an improvement the Islamic injunctions were in their own time.

Armstrong also makes an effort to show how these injunctions are in fact more natural and not as at odds with modern thinking as some seem to feel they are, and explains how if they seem to not meet modern needs it may be because modern needs are wrong. She also displays a clear knowledge of the difference between Islamic law and cultural practice. The one downside is the tone that Ms. Armstrong uses that implies she may not really believe that Muhammad was in fact divinely inspired.

She refers to him as a great man, a reformer and statesman. But she seems to feel that he was a self-made man who accomplished amazing things and made choices based on the best decision of the moment, rather than by being inspired by divine intervention and instruction.

This may be difficult for Muslims to read, but if one can see past it and recognize that she is not a Muslim, one can still enjoy the book. That said, Ms. Armstrong is remarkably respectful of the message of Islam and its validity. She is obviously in great awe of the Prophet and desires to make him understandable to the non-Muslim public. This is a great book for the historical background and contextual explanations alone.

Falsifying the Prophet: Muhammad at the Hands of His Earliest Christian Biographers in the West

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I have personally read each of the following biographies of Prophet Muhammad. Some are certainly better than others. One should also be aware that there are many more books of seerah biography of the Prophet that I have not yet read. If you have read another and would like to share what you thought of it, please drop a comment to this entry so others can read your recommendation.

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His call to prophecy about bce coincided with the beginnings of the westward expansion of the Assyrian empire , which threatened Israel and which Isaiah proclaimed to be a warning from God to a godless people. The earliest recorded event in his life is his call to prophecy as now found in the sixth chapter of the Book of Isaiah; this occurred about bce. The vision probably in the Jerusalem Temple that made him a prophet is described in a first-person narrative.

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