Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 24, 2011

byJonathan A. C. Brown

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As the founder of Islam Muhammad is one of the most influential figures in history. The furor surrounding the Satanic Verses and the Danish cartoon crisis reminded the world of the tremendous importance of the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Learning about his life and understanding itsimportance, however, has always proven difficult. Our knowledge of Muhammad comes from the biography of him written by his followers, but Western historians have questioned the reliability of this story in their quest to uncover the 'historical Muhammad'. As modern controversies have shown, whatever the truth about Muhammad's life, his persona has taken on numerous shapes and played a crucial role in Muslim life and civilization. This Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance,providing both the Muslim and Western historical perspectives. It also explains the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the Islamic world, from the medieval to the modern period.

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As the founder of Islam Muhammad is one of the most influential figures in history. The furor surrounding the Satanic Verses and the Danish cartoon crisis reminded the world of the tremendous importance of the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Learning about his life and understanding itsimportance, however, has always proven difficult. Ou...

Jonathan A.C. Brown is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Washington. He has studied and conducted research in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Iran. He has published in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Sufism, Arabic le...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:April 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559287

ISBN - 13:9780199559282

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Preface1. The Life of the Messenger of God2. Shaping Muhammad in History3. Muhammad in Islamic CivilizationFurther Reading

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"This is a masterful treatmentinformed by first rate scholarship yet engaging, accessible, and distinctively different from previous books on Muhammad." --John L. Esposito, Georgetown University, and author of 'The Future of Islam'