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Muhammad : a very short introduction

Author: Jonathan A C Brown
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Series: Very short introductions, 261
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: As the founder of Islam, a religion with over one billion followers, Muhammad is beyond all doubt one of the most influential figures in world history. But learning about his life and understanding his importance has always proven difficult, as our only source of knowledge comes from the biography of him written by his followers, the reliability of which has been questioned by Western scholars. This Very  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mahoma; Muhammad; Muhammad, Profeta
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan A C Brown
ISBN: 9780199559282 0199559287
OCLC Number: 912455326
Description: XVIII, 140 p. ; 18 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Note on transliteration and names --
List of illustrations --
Life of the Messenger of God --
Shaping Muhammad in history --
Muhammad in Islamic civilization --
References --
Further reading.
Series Title: Very short introductions, 261
Responsibility: Jonathan A.C. Brown.

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Overview: As the founder of Islam, a religion with over one billion followers, Muhammad is beyond all doubt one of the most influential figures in world history. But learning about his life and understanding his importance has always proven difficult, as our only source of knowledge comes from the biography of him written by his followers, the reliability of which has been questioned by Western scholars. This Very Short Introduction provides a superb introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance, providing both Muslim and Western historical perspectives. It explains the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the Islamic world throughout history, from the medieval to the modern period. The book also sheds light on modern controversies such as the Satanic Verses, for which author Salman Rushdie was condemned for blasphemy, and the uproar over Danish cartoons of Muhammad, which triggered violent protests around the world. As these recent events show, whatever the truth about Muhammad's life, his persona still plays a crucial role in Muslim life and civilization.

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