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|Author||: Jonathan A. C. Brown|
|Editor||: OUP Oxford|
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 its importance, 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
|Author||: ʻAbd al-Malik Ibn Hishām,I. Ishaq,Muḥammad Ibn Isḥāq|
|Editor||: Oxford University Press, USA|
Professor Guillaume's translation of the Sira of Ibn Ishaq is now reissued. The translator used Ibn Hisham's abridgement and also included many additions and variants found in the writings of early authors. The book thus presents in English practically all that is known of the life of theProphet.In the introduction, the translator discusses the character of the Sira in the light of the opinion of early Arabian scholars, noting especially the difficulties of the poetry. As the earliest monument of Arabian prose literature, the Sira remains a work of the first importance.
|Author||: Juan Cole|
|Editor||: Bold Type Books|
In the midst of the dramatic seventh-century war between two empires, Muhammad was a spiritual seeker in search of community and sanctuary. Many observers stereotype Islam and its scripture as inherently extreme or violent-a narrative that has overshadowed the truth of its roots. In this masterfully told account, preeminent Middle East expert Juan Cole takes us back to Islam's-and the Prophet Muhammad's-origin story. Cole shows how Muhammad came of age in an era of unparalleled violence. The eastern Roman Empire and the Sasanian Empire of Iran fought savagely throughout the Near East and Asia Minor. Muhammad's profound distress at the carnage of his times led him to envision an alternative movement, one firmly grounded in peace. The religion Muhammad founded, Islam, spread widely during his lifetime, relying on soft power instead of military might, and sought armistices even when militarily attacked. Cole sheds light on this forgotten history, reminding us that in the Qur'an, the legacy of that spiritual message endures. A vibrant history that brings to life the fascinating and complex world of the Prophet, Muhammad is the story of how peace is the rule and not the exception for one of the world's most practiced religions.
|Author||: Martin Lings|
Acclaimed worldwide as the definitive biography of the Prophet Muhammad in the English language, Martin Lings' Muhammad: His Life Based to the Earliest Sources is unlike any other. Based on Arabic sources of the eighth and ninth centuries, of which some important passages are translated here for the first time, it owes the freshness and directness of its approach to the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life. Martin Lings has an unusual gift for narrative. He has adopted a style which is at once extremely readable and reflects both the simplicity and grandeur of the story. The result is a book which will be read with equal enjoyment by those already familiar with Muhammad's life and those coming to it for the first time. Muhammad: His Life Based to the Earliest Sources was given an award by the government of Pakistan, and selected as the best biography of the Prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad in 1983.
|Author||: Karen Armstrong|
|Editor||: Harper Collins|
The Man Who Inspired the World's Fastest-Growing Religion Muhammad presents a fascinating portrait of the founder of a religion that continues to change the course of world history. Muhammad's story is more relevant than ever because it offers crucial insight into the true origins of an increasingly radicalized Islam. Countering those who dismiss Islam as fanatical and violent, Armstrong offers a clear, accessible, and balanced portrait of the central figure of one of the world's great religions.
|Author||: Thomas Hauser|
|Editor||: Open Road Media|
A sweeping biography of one of the greatest and most provocative athletes of all time—“a life that needs to be understood whether you care a whit about boxing or not” (The Boston Globe). Athlete, activist, rebel, poet, legend—Muhammad Ali stood larger than life in the imagination of hundreds of millions of people around the world. A gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics, he won the heavyweight championship at age twenty-two by conquering Sonny Liston in dramatic fashion. In the weeks after the upset victory, he confirmed his membership in the Nation of Islam and told reporters he would no longer answer to his “slave name”: Cassius Clay. The political establishment stripped him of his heavyweight title when he refused induction into the United States Army during the height of the war in Vietnam. Ultimately, Ali returned to reclaim his crown, prevailing in epic fights against the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman. His talent and charisma—and above all, his adherence to principle—made him a cultural icon and one of the most beloved sporting figures of all time. But that is only half the tale. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times is also the story of Ali, the man. Author Thomas Hauser got closer to Ali than any previous biographer. His work—told in Ali’s own words and those of hundreds of family members, friends, rivals, and others who interacted with “The Greatest” over the decades—reveals a deeply spiritual, complex man, whose public and private battles, including his struggle against the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease, gave new meaning to the word courage and changed forever our conception of what makes a champion. Heralded by the New York Times as “the first definitive biography of the boxer who transcended sports as no other athlete ever has,” Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most charismatic and controversial superstars. This ebook includes rare photos authorized by Muhammad Ali Enterprises.
|Author||: The Sincere Seeker Collection|
How would one know their role and life purpose unless one receives clear and practical instructions of what God wants and expects of him or her? Here comes the need for Prophethood. Thus, God has sent thousands of Messengers and Prophets to mankind to convey His Message and communicate to us. Every nation on Earth received a Prophet. They all preached the same general Message that there is only one deity worthy of worship. He is the One and Only God, without a partner, son, daughter, or equal. God sent Messengers and Prophets to guide humanity from worshipping created beings and to worship their Creator, the Creator of all things. The Prophets came to teach their people about who their Creator is, how to build a relationship with Him, and how to love Him. The Prophets taught their people that life is only a test, where the successful will enter Paradise eternally, and the unsuccessful will enter the ultimate punishment in the afterlife. Out of the Infinite Mercy and Love of God, God continued to send Messengers with Books from God to guide humanity-- starting with Prophet Adam, including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Jacob, Moses, Prophet Jesus, and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them all. Many of the Prophets are found in Jewish and Christian traditions. All the previous Messengers and Books other than the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad were sent down only to a specific group of people and were only meant to be followed for a particular period. For example, Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, was one of God's mightiest Messengers, who was sent down with the same general Message of all the previous Prophets but was only sent to the Children of Israel-the nation that lived before us, as their final Prophet because they were disobeying the commandments of God and veering away from the laws sent down by the previous Messenger, Moses, peace be upon him. Whenever God would send Messengers with Revelation, after they passed, people would distort and change the Revelations of God. What was pure Revelation from God-- would be polluted with myths, words of men, superstitions, irrational philosophical ideologies, and idol worship. The religion of God was lost in a plethora of religions. Such as how Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, was sent to reform the previous Message sent before him by the previous Messenger, Moses, peace be upon him. Prophet Muhammad came to reform Prophet Jesus' Message since it was distorted by his followers and did not survive in its original form. When humanity was in the depth of the dark ages, God the Almighty sent his last and final Messenger to mankind, Prophet Muhamad, peace be upon him, and his final Revelation, the Holy Quran, to redeem humanity. The Holy Quran and the final Messenger, peace be upon him, affirmed everything that was revealed to all the previous Messengers in the past. Unlike the past Messengers and Books, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was sent to all of humanity, and there will be no Messenger or Prophet after him, nor will there be a Book after the Holy Quran, as both are meant to be followed by all people, not just a particular group of people, nor are they meant for a particular timeframe; both are meant to be followed by everyone until the end of time. Prophet Muhammad-A summarized story of God's Last and Final Prophet aims to introduce Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, derived from early Islamic Sources, helping you better understand who Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him was and to instill a love for him. Studying the story and life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is the best way to develop that love for our Prophet. Studying the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is an obligation given to us by our Creator and helps us better understand God's final Book, the Holy Quran, and its context.
|Author||: Maxime Rodinson|
|Editor||: Tauris Parke Paperbacks|
This volume provides an introduction to the life and message of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as a study of the effects of Islam. This edition is published with a new prologue by the author, a scholar of Islamic history and society.
|Author||: Ali Sina|
Focusing on the "why" rather than the "what," this resource unravels the mystique of Muhammad, one of the most enigmatic and influential men in history.
|Author||: Omid Safi|
|Editor||: Harper Collins|
In Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters, leading Islamic scholar Omid Safi presents a portrait of Muhammad that reveals his centrality in the devotions of modern Muslims around the world. This religious biography offers new insights into Islam, covering such hot button issues such as the spread of Islam, holy wars, the role of women, the significance of Jerusalem, tensions with Jews and Christians, wahabbi Islam, and the role of cyberspace in the evolution of the religion.
|Author||: Gregor Schoeler|
This book considers the Arabic biographies of Prophet Muhammad, the earliest of which dates from two centuries after his life. These biographies, prized by Muslims, have been approached in the Western study of Islam from a range of positions. Some scholars reject them entirely, seeing in them products of the Muslim community’s idealisation of its history, while others accept them at face value, reasoning that, if not exact versions of events, the events could not have differed too much from their descriptions. The author revisits the debate and reconsiders several key incidents in the life of the Prophet. By compiling an extensive corpus of materials and comparing them closely, this book analyses the transmission and the contents of the accounts. It shows that by understanding clearly the interaction in early Islam between written and oral modes of transmission, and by the judicious sieving of the accounts, as well as the lines of transmission, we can sometimes reach back to that generation of Muslims who though not themselves witness to the events were younger contemporaries of those who were. Establishing a solid basis for the informed study of Muhammad’s biography and adding to the ongoing debate, this book will appeal to scholars of early Islam, history and theology.
|Author||: Annliese Nef,Vanessa Van Renterghem|
Qui était Muhammad, le messager d'Allâh, le dernier et le plus accompli des prophètes pour ses fidèles ? Par quelles sources connaissons-nous la vie du fondateur de l'islam et quels en sont les grands épisodes ? Dans quelle société vivait-il ? Quel était alors le contexte politique et religieux ? Ces six récits font entendre, sous une forme accessible à tous, différents épisodes de la vie du Prophète tels qu'ils nous ont été transmis par le Coran, livre sacré de l'islam, et la Tradition musulmane. Ils démontrent la diversité et la vitalité des réflexions développées autour de la figure de Muhammad et des enseignements qui lui sont prêtés. Ces récits appartiennent au patrimoine commun de l'humanité. Il s'agit donc de les transmettre dans toutes leurs dimensions. Chaque livre est organisé autour de six récits réécrits par des spécialistes dans une langue accessible aux enfants. Ils sont précédé, d'une présentation qui explique le contexte de leur origine, et suivis de clés de lecture. Des pistes pédagogiques invitent les enseignant à s'emparer de ces textes et à leur donner vie. De nombreuses œuvres d'art sont reproduites et commentées dans une approche d'histoire des arts à travers les âges, les continents e les techniques.
|Author||: Rizwi Faizer|
Muhammad b. ‘Umar al-Waqidi was a Muslim scholar, born in Medina in the 1st Century. Of his several writings the most significant is the Kitab al-Maghazi, one of the earliest standard histories of the life of the Prophet. Translated into English for the first time, Rizwi Faizer makes available this key text to a new, English-speaking audience. It includes an "Introduction" authored jointly by Rizwi Faizer and Andrew Rippin and a carefully prepared index. The book deals with the events of the Prophet’s life from the time of his emigration from Mecca to his death, and is generally considered to be biographical. Bringing together events in the Prophet’s life with appropriate passages of Qur’an in a considered sequence, the author presents an interpretation of Islam that existed in his times. It includes citations from the Qur’ān, as well as poetry that appears to have been inspired by activities during his life. This English translation of a seminal text on the life of Muhammad is an invaluable addition to the existing literature, and will be of great significance to students and scholars in the field of Islamic studies, Islamic history, Medieval history and Arabic literature.
|Editor||: Jaico Publishing House|
This selection of 365 Sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) offers an overview of Islamic faith and practices. These profound and lifeenriching sayings of the Prophet have served as one of the main sources of divine guidance and law for Muslims through the ages. This selection helps readers gain or renew their acquaintance with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in history and who serves as a role model for more than one billion Muslims across the world. His sayings represent the Islamic code of conduct governing every Muslim’s family, social, political, economic and spiritual life. His instructions have relevance for both individual and collective life. This selection thus stands out as a helpful introduction to both the Prophet and to Islamic beliefs and code of conduct.
|Author||: Robert Spencer|
|Editor||: Bombardier Books|
It is taken for granted, even among many Washington policymakers, that Islam is a fundamentally peaceful religion and that Islamic jihad terrorism is something relatively new, a product of the economic and political ferment of the twentieth century. But in The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS, Islamic scholar Robert Spencer proves definitively that Islamic terror is as old as Islam itself, as old as Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, who said “I have been made victorious through terror.” Spencer briskly traces the 1,400-year war of Islamic jihadis against the rest of the world, detailing the jihad against Europe, including the 700-year struggle to conquer Constantinople; the jihad in Spain, where non-Muslims fought for another 700 years to get the jihadi invaders out of the country; and the jihad against India, where Muslim warriors and conquerors wrought unparalleled and unfathomable devastation in the name of their religion. Told in great part in the words of contemporary chroniclers themselves, both Muslim and non-Muslim, The History of Jihad shows that jihad warfare has been a constant of Islam from its very beginnings, and present-day jihad terrorism proceeds along exactly the same ideological and theological foundations as did the great Islamic warrior states and jihad commanders of the past. The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS is the first one-volume history of jihad in the English language, and the first book to tell the whole truth about Islam’s bloody history in an age when Islamic jihadis are more assertive in Western countries than they have been for centuries. This book is indispensable to understanding the geopolitical situation of the twenty-first century, and ultimately to formulating strategies to reform Islam and defeat radical terror.
|Author||: Jessica Cohn|
|Editor||: Teacher Created Materials|
This enlightening biography introduces readers to Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. Readers will learn how he grew to become the founder of Islam and an important figure in the history of the world. The interesting facts, captivating images, maps, photos, and supportive text work together to engage readers as they learn about the Bedouins, Makkah, Qur'an, Hijrah, Sunnis, Shi'as, and how Muhammad urged people to follow his idea of monotheism. With text features such as a table of contents, glossary, and index, children will have all the tools they need to learn about Muhammad's incredible life! This book also includes an in-class activity to further students' understanding of the effects Muhammad's teachings had on life in the Arab world.
|Author||: Ziauddin Sardar|
|Editor||: Teach Yourself|
" ?In this book: `A pioneering writer on Islam? - Guardian Who was the real Muhammad?Muhammad: All That Matters, by bestselling expert on Islam Ziauddin Sardar, seeks to look beyond Muhammad the prophet, to find Muhammad the man. By returning to the original sources, and incorporating new research on pre-Islamic Mecca, Sardar is able to focus on Muhammad?s character, his values, and on events in his life which up until now have largely been ignored. The Muhammad you will meet in this book is an individual motivated by a sense of justice and equality, and by a passion to help the marginalized. This is a Muhammad who is engaged in a struggle to establish the good society against all odds. This accessible and concise book will appeal to both students and general readers, of any religious persuasion or none. It is a fascinating introduction to Muhammad, rediscovering the unique attributes which have contributed to his monumental impact on history. The All That Matters series: All That Matters books: All books in the All That Matters series are written by world experts in their subject field. These experts work to distil a topic and get right to its heart, making the book accessible for both students and general readers. Each compelling book contains new and interesting perspectives and tells stories that matter. The Author: Ziauddin Sardar is Professor of Law and Society, Middlesex University and co-editor of quarterly Critical Muslim. He has been described as a `critical polymath?, and was recently selected in the Observer?s list of Britain?s top public intellectuals. He is perhaps best known for his wide-ranging work on Islam, including the international bestseller Introducing Islam. Ziauddin is also Chair of the Muslim Institute, London, and appears regularly on radio, television and in the New Statesman, Guardian and Independent. Keep up with Ziauddin Sardar on his website: www.ziauddinsardar.com. Other books in the All That Matters series: All That Matters - Interesting Introductions to Important Issues Books on the following subjects are available from the All That Matters series: Bioethics, God, Water, Political Philosophy, Sustainability, Philosophy, Intelligence, Love, Russian Revolution, War, and Creativity.To find out more visit: www.allthatmattersbooks.com? "