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Founding not only a world religion but also an empire and a civilization, the prophet Muhammad was undoubtedly one of the most influential men in history. Amid the swirl of current judgments regarding Muslims and their religion, this book by Daniel Peterson offers a concise, objective, accessible biography of the first Muslim. Blending the texts of traditional sources into...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published February 26th 2007 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
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Leslie
When I started this book, I was totally lost, being unfamiliar with the names and places talked about. I just about stopped reading. But, as I got into the life of Muhammad, I found it very interesting. It gives insights into the way the Middle East is now and has been for centuries, with its tribal governments and conflicts. I now feel I know a bit about what kind of person Muhammad was, the beginnings of the Quran, and the time period he lived in.
Max Evans
I was hoping that this book might give me some clarity about Islam and Muhammad. Daniel Peterson is one of my author heroes and I generally enjoy his writing. He also has a reputation that he can be acerbic in his writing, especially in the defense of the LDS faith. He is also an Professor of Islamic Studies and the editor-in-chief of the BYU Islamic Translation Series, which is a series of translations of philosophical works by Islamic scholars to make them more accessible to the West. They are...more
Adelaide
I didn't know much about Islam or Muhammad before reading this book, and now I understand a lot more about this prophet and the time period during his lifetime. I feel as though I picked up on the cultural aspects of Islam, and I want to learn more about their core beliefs and feel as though I have a good starting point to piece things together. I appreciate that this book was such a balanced portrayal of his life without biased commentary.
Sharman Wilson
I find this book very well-written so far, and actually hard for me to put down! Coming at it now, after reading quite a bit about early Christianity and a bit about world religions, it's accessible and informative. I love all the Arabic stories he includes to make his points. It's fun for me, too, since I have had the great fortune to go to Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), as well as the Emirates, Jordan, and Israel. I miss my Muslim and Jewish friends there, and hope this book will enhance all of these...more
Tyson
This book is a little bit more advanced and in depth than other books about Muhammad, but it is very well written and very informative. I felt like it was very unbiased yet still showed lots of respect for Muhammad and what he did while he was alive. Both good and bad, I guess. IT ROCKS PEOPLE! Dan Peterson does work, son! Sometimes you got to slow down a bit and absorb the information instead of ripping through books at a million mph. I mean, that's why you're reading, right? To learn? Or you j...more
Jennifer Jones
With so much mis-information about what Islam is and isn't, I thought this would be a good way to learn the basics. It's very scholarly and I find myself having to read slowly and sometimes re-read. However, I am enjoying it and hope to be able to better analyze information about this fascinating religion from other media sources.

Finally finished. I learned a great deal about early Islam. Now I'd like to read something about contemporary Islam.
Dil7worth
Pretty good book. It gives a lot of information about the times and culture Mohammad lived in. I felt it was helpful to see Mohammad in his own setting. Tells his story without judgement so you can form your own judgment.
Katie
Very informative. I wish he had put more of himself into the book, instead of a purely academical treatise. I would have welcomed some opinion or interpretation.
Amber
I read this to help me with a paper I had to write for my class. It's written better than my textbook, but a little too scholarly for me.
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Daniel C. Peterson is a prominent Mormon apologist and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University (BYU). He also currently serves as editor-in-chief of BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. He is a former member of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU. The institute released Peterson in June o...more
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