Critical Lives: Muhammad by Yahiya EmerickCritical Lives: Muhammad by Yahiya Emerick

Critical Lives: Muhammad

byYahiya Emerick

Paperback | April 1, 2002

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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 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

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.
Title:Critical Lives: MuhammadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.21 × 5.48 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:DKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0028643712

ISBN - 13:9780028643717

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I bought this book last month because I had to study it for a tournament. Whether I win or lose the actual competition, I can definitely say I have won tons of insightful and valuable knowledge from this book!!! (I know, cheesy) This concise biography of the Prophet (PBUH) provides a clear account of the obstacles he faced along with the early followers of Islam, providing insight into significant aspects of Islamic history. I find myself confused when reading other accounts of the Prophet's life due to the various people and events, but Emerick's coherent writing style allows for easy comprehension as well as quick immersion into the intriguing life of the Prophet. Kudos to Emerick! Excellent for beginners who want to learn about one of the world's most influential people and a key aspect of the the world's second largest religion.
Date published: 2015-03-10

Table of Contents


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


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