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Entwined with Rogerson’s well-told yarn are insights into the origins of Muslim culture and practice Rogerson’s lush, lively description of how a new world religion grew from the life of a single remarkable man proves that will understanding, fearful differences can become a source of wonder.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In this fascinating rogersoh insightful biography, Barnaby Rogerson explores the life and times of Muhammad. 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 he received his religious vision; the perilous years of reciting the revelations in Mecca; his escape to Yathrib Medina and his subsequent battles.

In his lifetime Muhammad established a new religion, Islam; a new state, the first united Arabia; and a new literary language–the classical Arabic of the Qur’an. A generation after his death, he would be acknowledged as the founder of a world rogefson 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 and 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 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 rogetson of this man-leader, visionary, and prophet. A book that will forever change the way you think about Islam. Read more Read less.

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It seems that Rogerson has done his homework, and has delivered a fairly honest biography of Muhammad. He certainly seems sympathetic to the Prophet, but also tells details of which one can be critical. One person found this helpful. But really allows Muhammad to get away with his very emotional behavior. His destruction of the Jewish communities is excused away as a necessary act for him to establish Islam and unite the arab tribes.

Muhammad was just like other tribal leaders but claimed he was a prophet of Allah. Story is interesting but very biased away from any judgement on the amoral actions that Muhammad did. It is not really a factual biography but one which has been manipulated in order to present Muhammad as a man of god. Truth and story become intermingled and therefore loses any sense of reality. Bottom line, the arabs were very war like and committed blood revenge for insults.

Brutal men roegrson really all they were. I would really not want to deal with any of these violent beings! Firstly it should be appreciated that this is a book rogersob Muhammad being a biography and not about Islam, so do not expect to get any great insights into what Islam is about though you will get a much better understanding of its origins and original concepts or why the religion is at the centre of so much global turmoil barnqby the 21st century, rogfrson the book effectively finishes with the death of this prophet in AD.

The book is written rogetson an Englishman who while he royerson his lack of ability to speak Arabic barnany clearly been submerged for a long time in Arab culture and the omnipresence of Islam in those countries, being the writer of a number of well received travel books on the region.

The biography is ideal for someone like myself, with no great knowledge of banraby Muhammad was all about and the times in which he lived, compared with say one’s knowledge of Jesus.

It paints vividly the society of Arabia into which the individual was born in AD and his upbringing with all its family hardships and personal tragedy. Through involvement with merchant trading caravans he had early exposure to many parts of the Arabian area which he was later to convert to his new religion, based on an appreciation of the skills needed to weave the path of conversion among the different religious beliefs and entrenched tribal interests.

What comes over very well is the story of a man who after receiving the revelations that converted him into a prophet starting in AD and the regular delivering of the verses that came to comprise the Qar’an or Koranthen barmaby very real early ostracisation from his home in Mecca. He had to struggle to survive with his few devoted followers at the outset but by a mixture of spirituality, resoluteness, guile and brutality when needed, either won over or destroyed unbelievers in a societal framework that ultimately could not fail to orgerson to his messages and approach given the themes it played to.

One word of caution – the rrogerson of writing is very much that of a fireside story-teller as explained in the opening barnagy and takes a bit of getting usd to compared with more standard style biographies by Western writers. At times the endless coverage of tribal matters and a “warts and all” depiction of what the individual was really like especially on his numerous wives leaves one adrift from the main story and events but you finish the book with a much better appreciation of what a spiritual revolutionary he was for his times.


A Kid’s Review 4. I very rogeraon enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and informative. It has greatly increased my knowledge of the life of the prophet Muhammad. I highly recommend it. I did, however, barnabj that at times, the author, when roberson several events, would make unwarranted excuses for certain acts of excessive violence displayed by the Prophet. For example, rather than simply describing the Muslim siege of the Beni Quraysh fortress and the subsequent beheadings roogerson its male inhabitants under Muhammad’s approval, the author conveniently intervenes on behalf of the Prophet, by reasoning that Muhammad essentially was left with no other alternative.

In my opinion it was unquestionably a barbaric act and I felt sadness for those men who lost their lives as I read about the executions. The author disguises his Islamic interpretation of the event eogerson a historical fact. He suggests that such a gruesome act of brutality was perhaps necessary in that, presumably, The Beni Qurayzah, had they not been attacked, would have followed the example of the two other exiled Jewish Tribes who apparently participated in the failed siege of Medina in A.

Clearly, however, the reason why they were involved was because they sought to regain their respective territories, which had been confiscated from them. The author bagnaby makes the spurious assertion that the gospels were written over a century after Jesus’ death.

Most biblical scholars are in agreement that the four canonical gospel accounts were written in the first century, the time period in which Jesus lived. The oldest extant New Testament manuscript is a fragment of the gospel of John, which was discovered in Egypt. The date of composition most commonly assigned to it is A.

There is a consensus among Biblical scholars however, that the original manuscript of the gospel of John would have been produced sometime between A. It is also important to note that of the four canonical gospels, scholars agree that the Gospel of John was the last to have been written, the Gospel of Mark being slightly more ancient A.

I highly recommend the book and I do consider certain aspects of Muhammad’s character to be admirable He accorded specific rights to women, rogwrson female infanticide, pardoned a sorcerer who cast a spell on him, forgave a woman who attempted to poison him, etc. He was not consistent in his uprightness, however. There are other events including one which involves a poet who becomes a victim of his wrath that I will not mention.

It is a good book, and anyone interested in learning about barnqby man who founded the Islamic faith, should certainly read this book. Gogerson all 12 reviews.

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