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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Muhammad is a shimmering, lyrical biography of the Prophet, composed from the words of Muslims throughout the centuries. Drawing on a variety of Islamic sources, from the hadith, or sayings of Muhammad and his companions, to Abbasid and Persian texts, Weinberger weaves a subtle, mystical prose poem, spanning Muhammad’s birth and childhood; his adolescence, miracles and mar...more
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Published September 17th 2006 by Verso (first published September 1st 2006)
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Musafirs
Quite rare & Description of Prophet Muhammed SAW, in a sense it gives details about His personal life.

The Book speakes of Muhammed Mustafa SAW as a Person.. eg.. being " He has three caps.... His walking stick name was Memshuq... Two Horse Erbaz & Sekeb... Coat of mail named Zat al-Fazul... His turban was named saheb.

The book is Quite information and 'Seems'/ Looks good apparently but has a very good 'Cover' under its cynic literary appearance.

The way Mr Eliot Weinberger tells about the...more
arafat
b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.

Eliot Weinberger brings together legends about the Prophet to compile a brief, poetic biography. The skill with which he does that is so remarkable that I am now inclined to read everything else by Weinberger. I'm sure I'm not the only one to comment on the influence of Borges on Weinberger, but the best way to describe this 'poemessay' is perhaps as a Borgesian biography of the Prophet.

Note that a tendency to judge the factual merit of some of these traditions may spoil their...more
Zachary Yeung
the booklet is a fair account of Muhammad's life, but it fails to particularly arouse one's interest in getting to know about his deeds. it sounds more like the Old Testimony, where one cannot rationalize nor comprehend the legitimacy of a so-called Ordained Almighty. and unfortunately it did give me more questions than before reading about him.
Kate
Jan 18, 2011 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the illuminated and bejeweled
Recommended to Kate by: BP 75.W45 2006
Shelves: religions
He created an angel to hold up the earth, and a rock without measure for the angel to stand on, and a bull on whose back the rock rested, and a fish to support the bull. The fish rests on water; the water rests on air; the air rests on darkness; but what the darkness rests on only God Himself knows.
Mia
This is a beautiful and strange book-length lyric essay (a form I love) that draws its story from the Quran, and canonical non-Quranic writings. I was surprised to learn what emphasis is placed on Muhammad’s decidedly supra- and not-human characteristics—foreign to my understanding of prophets.
Ajay
Weinberger is brilliant, but this collection of pithy anecdotes about the life of Muhammad end up sounding like a list of exaggerations about Chuck Norris (or Bill Brasky).
Kevin
EW retells the legends of the Prophet in a cross between a rune and a brochure.
Nafee
Easy read on the prophet...
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Eliot Weinberger is a contemporary American writer, essayist, editor, and translator. His work regularly appears in translation and has been published in some thirty languages.
Weinberger first gained recognition for his translations of the Nobel Prize winning writer and poet Octavio Paz. His many translations of the work of Paz include the Collected Poems 1957-1987, In Light of India, and Sunston...more
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