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Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathan A.C. Brown

March 2011

ISBN: 9780199559282

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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In this Very Short Introduction Jonathan A. Brown presents both the Muslim version of Muhammad's life, as well as the efforts of Western scholars to uncover the historical Muhammad. He considers the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the lives of Muslims throughout history, looking at his life and legacy.

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In this Very Short Introduction Jonathan A. Brown presents both the Muslim version of Muhammad's life, as well as the efforts of Western scholars to uncover the historical Muhammad. He considers the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the lives of Muslims throughout history, looking at his life and legacy.

  • Discusses the life of Muhammad from both a Muslim and Western historical perspective
  • Explains the importance of Muhammad in medieval and modern Islam
  • Includes a discussion of some of the controversial issues in historical and contemporary times, including the Satanic verses and the Danish cartoon crisis

About the Author(s)

Jonathan A.C. Brown, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington, Seattle

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:The Life of the Messenger of God
    2:Shaping Muhammad in History
    3:Muhammad in Islamic Civilization
    Further Reading

Reviews

"'This is an excellent introduction to the life of Muhammad. Dr Brown is providing the reader with a rigorous study based on the classical Islamic tradition, yet well balanced between elements of faith and rational discussions, useful for Muslims and non Muslims alike. Very easy to read, profound and interesting to study.'" - Tariq Ramadan

"'This is a masterful treatment...informed 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'.