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Muhammad, Prophet of God

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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, 186 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published February 26th 2007)
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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
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
A very nice clear short biography of Muhammad, on the scholarly side. Lots of footnotes, a little discussion of alternate interpretations of history, but happily lacking in jargon. Very interesting.
Very clear, respectful, unbiased, and interesting biography. Thanks to my brother-in-law for giving it to me!
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.
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.
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.
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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