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The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad - Lesley Hazleton 2013

Amazon Synopsis The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited—and remade.

Muhammad’s was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality.

Hazleton’s account follows the arc of Muhammad’s rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the ultimate insider?

Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton’s narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy.


In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad - Tariq Ramadan 2009

Amazon Synopsis: Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one of the most influential figures in human history.

Here is a fresh and perceptive look at Muhammad, capturing a life that was often eventful, gripping, and highly charged. Ramadan provides both an intimate portrait of a man who was shy, kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. More important, Ramadan presents the main events of the Prophet's life in a way that highlights his spiritual and ethical teachings. The book underscores the significance of the Prophet's example for some of today's most controversial issues, such as the treatment of the poor, the role of women, Islamic criminal punishments, war, racism, and relations with other religions. Selecting those facts and stories from which we can draw a profound and vivid spiritual picture, the author asks how can the Prophet's life remain -- or become again -- an example, a model, and an inspiration? And how can Muslims move from formalism -- a fixation on ritual -- toward a committed spiritual and social presence?

In this thoughtful and engaging biography, Ramadan offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and he introduces non-Muslims not just to the story of the Prophet, but to the spiritual and ethical riches of Islam.


Islam for the Western Mind: understanding Muhammad and the Koran - Richard Henry Drummond 2005

Amazon Synopsis: More than a billion people consider themselves Muslim. It is the world’s second-largest religion. Yet Western portrayals of the Islamic mind are often flawed. Islam for the Western Mind is an intensive look--from a Christian perspective--at what inspires and motivates Muslims, namely Muhammad and the teaching of the Koran.

Dr. Drummond, an ordained Presbyterian minister and former professor, presents a balanced look at the life and teaching of Islam's founding Prophet, paying detailed attention to the religious and political community that existed during Muhammad's time as well as after his death.

Dr. Drummond also looks at the larger cultural impact of Islam, examining what he calls the lightning-like spread of the new religion across much of the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Europe, and examines Muhammad’s teaching about women, pagans, and Jesus, the Messiah, Son of Mary. He gives detailed attention to the ethical teaching of the Koran. All this is with primary emphasis upon God as Lord of the Worlds, yet merciful and compassionate, and upon prophecy as divine revelation.

Islam for the Western Mind is an essential text for anyone wanting an unbiased look at Muhammad, the Koran, and the religion they inspired.


Islam Her Moral and Spiritual Value - Arthur Glyn Leonard

A rational and psychological study. Read online or download free


The Life and Work of Muhammad - Yahiya Emerick 2002

Amazon Synopsis: 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
  • 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


Life of Muhammad - Hadrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad 2005

This is an English translation of Tadhkira—the book containing dreams, visions and verbal revelations of Muhammad put out by Islam International Publications. Free PDF


The Life of the Prophet Muhammad: Volumes 1-4 - Al-Siraay al-Nabawiyya 2000

Amazon Synopsis: Compiled in the fourteenth century by a prominent Syrian scholar, this 4 Volume Set, translated in English, is a full examination, in chronological order, of the background, life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad.


Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet - Karen Armstrong 2001

Amazon Synopsis: Most people in the West know very little about the prophet Muhammad. The acclaimed religious writer Karen Armstrong has written a biography which will give us a more accurate and profound understanding of Islam and the people who adhere to it so strongly. Muhammad also offers challenging comparisons with the two religions most closely related to it ' Judaism and Christianity.


Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time - Karen Armstrong 2007

Amazon Synopsis: 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.


Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources - Martin Lings 2006

Amazon Synopsis: A revised edition of the internationally acclaimed biography of the prophet.

• Includes important additions about the prophet’s spread of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states

• Contains original English translations from 8th and 9th century biographies, presented in authoritative language

• Represents the final updates made on the text before the author’s death in 2005

Martin Lings’ biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the life of the prophet. Based on the sira, the eighth- and ninth-century Arabic biographies that recount numerous events in the prophet’s life, it contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life.

Scrupulous and exhaustive in its fidelity to its sources, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is presented in a narrative style that is easily comprehensible, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, reflecting both the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells. This revised edition includes new sections detailing the prophet’s expanding influence and his spreading of the message of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states. It represents the final updates made to the text before the author’s death in 2005. The book has been published in 12 languages and has received numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the prophet in English at the National Seerate Conference in Islamabad.


Muhammad: Man and Prophet - Adil Salahi 2010

Amazon Synopsis: The Prophet Muhammad initiated one of the most significant religious and cultural developments in human history, bringing the religion of Islam to the world. Adil Salahi's compelling biography traces the life of the Prophet Muhammad from his birth and childhood to the triumph of Islam and its hold on Arabia. The author sets this against a fascinating historical backdrop. His careful analysis of the Prophet's life is written with today's Muslim and non-Muslim readers in mind: Muslims will further their comprehension of their faith, and non-Muslims will come to understand the love Muslims have for their Prophet.

 

Muhammad the Messenger of Islam: His Life & Prophecy -  Hajjah Amina Adil 2002

Amazon Synopsis: This impressive biographical work deftly weaves translated accounts from authentic Ottoman Turkish texts with ancient lore, resulting in a compelling, unforgettable portrait of the founder of Islam as seen through the eyes of Muslims around the world.

 


Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman - W. Montgomery Watt

Amazon Synopsis: A short account of the life and achievements of one of the great figures of history, this volume also serves as an excellent introduction to one of the world's major religions.

 

Muhammad the Prophet - Muhammad Ali & Maulana M. Ali 1993

 

Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam - Biography and Pictorial Guide - Sam Toglaw & Steven Scholl 2013

Publisher's Synopsis: Muhammad, the prophet-founder of Islam, is one of the most influential and misunderstood figures of history. The religion he founded in mid-seventh century Arabia now has over 1.5 billion followers and his impact on world affairs is immense. In this small volume, a Muslim and non-Muslim come together to tell the story of Muhammad's life and teachings in straightforward language that will appeal to all who seek an easy to read primer on the Prophet and his teachings.

 

Prophet Muhammad and His Family: A Sociological Perspective - Shamim Aleem 2007

Amazon Synopsis: Though over the past 1400 years, thousand of books have been written on the different aspects of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (S). Even then it cannot claim to be true and exhaustive picture of his multidimensional life as has been successfully projected in this book.The author has tried to look at his family life from a sociological perspective, an approach different from that of other writers. Her attempt is to place at the disposal of young English speaking people, a wider view of the family life of the Prophet,so that they may learn something from it to make their own lives more fruitful and happy.

In the last few years and especially after 9/11,interest in Islam and Islamic literature has increased tremendously. Non believers are in a dilemma. On one hand Islam is suppose to be a religion of peace,while on the other,terrorism association with Muslims is on the rise. By making an attempt to depict an objective picture of the life of Prophet Muhammad(S), the author has tried to underline the fact that Islam is not a religion of violence but of peace and the life of the Prophet provides convincing evidence of the same and whatever is being done under the name of Muslim by a handful people has hardly any relation with Islam.

The book may be a source of interest to those non Muslims who are keen to know more about Islam.

 

Prophet Muhammad: The First Sufi of Islam - Farzana Moon 2013

Publisher's Synopsis: Islam, the religion of peace and reconciliation, as taught and practiced by the Prophet, comes alive in this book, preserving the pearl of truth from the heart of Qur'an and Prophet. Adeptly researched facts, free from the rust of lies and distortions are a fresh challenge to the reader; to discover lies about truth, if not truth blackened by lies.

The message of his prophetic vision delineates the agony and ecstasy of his passion, which made him not only the Messenger of God, but the lover of the beloved.

Many books have been written about the Prophet of Islam, but none so candid as to explore his spiritual heart filled with the light of love, compassion and understanding. The example of his life, as lived in loving-kindness and in perfect harmony with nature and mankind, are the living emblem of his message in this book. Prophet Muhammad: The First Sufi of Islam strives to fill a gap within the historic arena of Islam by touching the fabric of Prophet's life as a family man, a loving father and husband.

 

The Prophet Muhammad - Barnaby Rogerson 2004

Amazon Synopsis: In this fascinating and 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 empire 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 resonance and spiritual significance of this leader, visionary and prophet.


The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life - Ingrid Mattson 2007

Amazon Synopsis: An essential introductory text for the study of the Qur’an, its content, and its place in Muslim society.

  • An insightful and authoritative introduction to the book at the heart of Muslim life, written by a well-known Islamic scholar
  • Examines the doctrines contained in the Qur’an, providing a comprehensive explanation of their significance to individual Muslims and the societies in which they live
  • Surveys the key themes of the Qur’an, its most significant historical interpretations, and some of the most significant figures who transmitted and taught the sacred scripture over the centuries
  • Considers the influence of the Qur’an on all major aspects of Muslim society, including personal relationships, popular culture, law, art and architecture, political movements, science, and literature
  • Helps the reader to understand the Qur’an, while throwing a much-needed light on what it means to be a Muslim.



The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion - Robert Spencer 2007

Amazon Synopsis: New York Times" bestselling author and Islam expert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam--a portrait that is unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect the world today.



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Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet - Deepak Chopra 2010

Amazon Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of Buddha and Jesus comes the page-turning and soul-stirring story of Muhammad. Deepak Chopra—easily one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world today—delivers this stunning, sincere, and highly accessible portrait of the Prophet of Islam. Chopra’s Muhammad is an outstanding resource for everyone who thinks they should know more about the man who inspired the world's fastest-growing religion.



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