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Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet

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“Compassionate and clear…a courageous undertaking.” —Greg Mortenson, New York Times bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools

“As a scholar and storyteller extraordinaire, Deepak Chopra portrays a morally courageous yet highly human messenger of God.” —Irshad Manji, Director, Moral Courage Project, New York University

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by HarperOne (first published April 1st 2003)
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PJ Swanwick
Oct 24, 2011 PJ Swanwick rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
Novel about Islam's founder proves surprisingly accessible and entertaining

4.5 stars: I had braced myself to slog through Deepak Chopra's biographical novel "Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet." Instead, I was delightfully surprised by the compelling story of Muhammad's journey from affluent trader to reluctant prophet, and the engagingly lyrical music of the suras (verses) he channeled from Allah.

Story: Although ostensibly a novel, Chopra bookends his story about the Muslim prophet with an a
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Heba
Feb 11, 2012 Heba rated it it was ok
I find this one a bit difficult to rate. It was well written, and despite the few little inaccuracies here and there, it stayed fairly faithful to the facts we know about the life of our Prophet Muhammad PBUH. On the other hand, as a Muslim myself, this kind of a book that sort of fictionalizes ( i.e. puts words and gives feelings to the people, whom we respect greatly, that they might have NOT felt or said, hence possibly altering our views on them) the stories I believe in as facts makes me a ...more
Maryam
Jul 01, 2011 Maryam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book one star not because the way it was written but about the content. As a muslim I felt that the writer was very disrespectful & had many hidden negative messages in the words spoken by his characters in the book, whether they were muslims or non-muslim.

I believe that you cannot judge past events and generations on today's standards. & yet they do. Picturing all Arabs as barbaric! Even nowadays condemning other cultures & traditions based on our own!

There are many fact
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Shaik
Sep 28, 2011 Shaik rated it it was amazing
As a Muslim, I have read a number of books on the life of Muhammad, but this book stands out as a category of its own.

Firstly the book does not claim to be a work of history, rather it is a work of fiction. The narrative is in the first person, with each of the characters telling their personal story.

The author would have had to have done thorough research before attempting a work of such creativity, while at the same time not contradicting known historical data.
Saadia
Mar 17, 2012 Saadia rated it really liked it
Well, it was interesting. The first third was interesting, about Muhammad growing up an orphan and snippets of his life and personality viewed through third parties. The second third was also interesting, with Muhammad being exposed to the intrigues of his time and eventually seeing the angel of prophecy. The third part was rather daunting, having to read about Muhammad's struggles with hostility and persecution and fighting his way. The last story about putting a group of Jews to death and redu ...more
Katrina
Jan 27, 2012 Katrina rated it liked it
This is a quick read, and it was interesting to imagine how people would have reacted to Muhammad in the early days of his revelation, as well as how challenging the situation was for him. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character, which gives a nice sense of how different factions reacted as well as people closer to him. The afterword bothered me, as Chopra presents a very orthodox picture of islam as Islam itself. He goes on to talk about Sufism in very positive ter ...more
Muhammad
Jan 17, 2012 Muhammad rated it really liked it
Muhammad - A Story of the Last Prophet was released in the US during a time of re-heightened tensions against Islam. Americans were protesting the building of an Islamic Centre in New York several blocks away from ground zero as it rekindled memories of the horrific attacks in 2011. The decision to launch the book at such a time could have been an opportune one by the publisher, harnessing the mass curiosity that people had with the most influential man ever in the history of mankind.

The novel t
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Ritu
Apr 13, 2011 Ritu rated it it was ok
The first half of the book was better than the latter half. I found Mohammad's background, his early life interesting. I also understand the author's motivation in writing the book - exploring how an apparently common man had the revelation of God. I liked the format of the book - the way the story was narrated through the eyes of the different people in Mohammad's life - his wetnurse, hs wife, his daughter, a beggar, a cousin and so on. I liked the book upto the point when God reveals himself t ...more
Linda
Mar 21, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that jumped off the library shelf, right into my path. I am glad I read it because I learned so much - about the incredible rise of Islam and its appeal, and about the life of Muhammad. I know about the life of Christ and Buddha, but next to nothing about Muhammad. This is a novel, but the author did his research as far as dates, genealogy, and the chronology of events. It was very readable; each chapter using a different voice from Muhammad's life. It was kind of like ...more
Dina Salaymeh
May 07, 2015 Dina Salaymeh rated it it was amazing
I always prefer to read about prophet Muhammad's life from non-Muslims because their point of view is always objective, transparent, bold and non political. Unfortunately we have grown so pathetic and desperate that we even disagree on the courses of the prophet's life and how he lived it.

This is the best book about the prophet I have read so far because it is presented as a novel where the main characters come in one at a time and tell you the story from their perspective. it is not a historic
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Amber
Apr 06, 2011 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm less than versed in the history of Islam (although not so bad as the guy at Barnes and Noble who asked when it was founded and I said around 600. He thought I meant BC. And when I corrected him he said, "No, it was before Christ." No. No it wasn't.) so it's an interesting experience to read an account of its founder becoming its founder. I like the approach he took of creating the story out of different accounts from different people around Muhammad. I don't know that it would be a worthy i ...more
Linda
Mar 02, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
This is my second novel on Muhammad and I frankly find his story fascinating. What made this book special was the spirituality that was woven into the story complete with verse from the Koran and references to Christianity and Judaism. I remain perplexed by the images of such a gentle yet violent prophet; so unlike images we have of Jesus or Buddha. It is no wonder that we have such a diversity among Muslims. I read Chopra's novel on Jesus and plan on reading the one on Buddha. I also plan on fu ...more
Solady Batterjee
Sep 27, 2010 Solady Batterjee is currently reading it
As Muslims we take somethings for granted.. For a human to receive the responsibility of spreading a new religion !! This is for sure out of the ordenrly .. Reading the story with a different eye gave me the ability to imagine how fearious it must have been.. Bering touched by an angle!!
Muslims,, listen to me, it's about time we don't take our Islam for granted, it's time to think more deeply about it and sense it's power and bueaty in our life..
Lindsey
Apr 12, 2011 Lindsey rated it it was ok
I read this with my book club. I don't think I would have ever read it on my own, but I'm glad that I did. I know so little about Muhammad and Islam in general so it was good to learn the story of their prophet. However, the author is not Muslim and I think I would like to hear a Muslim's perspective on Muhammad.
Akram Jamal-AlLail
Oct 20, 2013 Akram Jamal-AlLail rated it it was amazing
exceptional book. Made me know Muhammed, Fatimah, Ali, Waraqah, ABdullah and Amina Muhammad's parents in different way, yet a great one.
Karol
Aug 30, 2011 Karol rated it it was ok
Interesting, wish I knew historically how much was close to the truth.
Alan Jacobs
Jan 10, 2011 Alan Jacobs rated it liked it
OK as historical fiction, not so good as fiction. I use historical fiction to fill myself in on areas where I'm weak without having to delve though dense, fact-filled tomes. This book did the trick for me on the life of Muhammad. It presented views of Muhammad and his forebears through the voices of various persons in Mecca and Medina who had personal contact with them. I assume that the major events depicted were actual events that are believed to have happened in the life of Muhammad. Novelist ...more
Sharon
Aug 08, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Deepak Chopra tells the life story of the prophet Mohammed and how Islam came to be created. Each chapter is the memory of someone who had close contact to the man--a wife or daughter or friend, even his lifelong enemy. One of them, Ali, the first convert, says, "Let me tell you how the Prophet opened the door of my soul, so that he may open yours." Mohammed was just an ordinary man who received a command from the Angel Gabriel to 'recite' even though that was the last thing he was used to doing ...more
Khaleel Datay
Dec 25, 2013 Khaleel Datay rated it liked it
I've read a number of biographies on the Arabian Prophet and found this book an interesting departure from the usual presentation. Deepak Chopra's novel is uniquely told through the eyes of friends, family members, and even enemies. This style brought an immediacy and vibrancy to the life of the Prophet, not to be found elsewhere. The author keeps the language simple and easy to understand, and it is this style that contributes to bringing the life of seventh century Arabia alive on the pages. W ...more
Heather
Apr 12, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Didn't enjoy this as much as 'Jesus' and 'God', perhaps it's because I'm a catholic. Well written as usual from Chopra, gave me a lot of new information about the origin and fundamentals of Islam, as well as always reminded me of the nature of human beings. I think the Prophet Mohammed PBUH would hang his head today.
Maryam Kd
Mar 03, 2015 Maryam Kd rated it did not like it
I wouldn't recommend this book to those who want to learn about Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). As some had said, I also felt some resentment in the words written by the author. A much better alternative would be "Muhammad: His life based on the earliest sources" by Martin Lings or "Muhammad:Man of God" by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
Alabas0d
Feb 02, 2014 Alabas0d rated it did not like it
I’m very interested in learning about the story behind each religion, and how it developed. Obviously, I didn't get the chance to study every religion; however, many of my readings and academic studies revolved around Abrahamic religions. This being said, this book lacks historical accuracy. After reading “Quran” (Muslims holy book) and many historical books about Islam, I noticed that a great deal of information provided is wrong or twisted.

Now I’m interested to read his book about Jesus and c
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R.
Mar 30, 2015 R. rated it liked it
Chopra's novel Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet is a fictionalization or a novelization of the life of Muhammad. The novel is generally well-written, and at times Chopra even pays out some truly lyrical prose. Chopra also relies on shifting perspective as he tells the story from the eyes of various characters in Muhammad's story. The narrating characters are not terribly well-developed as stand alone observers, and at times it is all too easy for the reader to forget which narrator is telli ...more
Matt
Nov 19, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
It was a great read. I am on a personal journey to learn as much as I can about religions across the world, and this I found was very enlightening. Chopra does an amazing job of weaving a tale of the up and downs of the life of Muhammad, and expressing the positives and negatives of this influential historical character. A must read for any one who has questions on Islam and their Prophet.
Gilberto Pérez Castillo
Tal vez este libro sea la mejor manera, sobre todo para un occidental, de adentrarse en la vida del profeta Mahoma, el fundador del Islam: "Mahoma, la historia del último profeta", de Deepak Chopra.

Es una biografía novelada del profeta, vista desde diferentes miradas, que narra su vida y su transformación al convertirse en el vehículo de Alá para escribir el Corán y fundar el Islamismo.

Ahora que tanto se habla del Islam y del mundo musulmán, creo que el conocer los fundamentos del mismo, las bio
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Michael Mathis
Mar 26, 2016 Michael Mathis rated it liked it
As a member of a religion that is oft misunderstood, I have long wanted to learn more of another religion that I feel is much misunderstood. Having made several attempts at reading the Qur'an, but being unable to find a translation that I felt had appropriate language ( I'm looking for something similar to the language in the King James translation of the bible) for a book of scripture that so many revere, I've never made it very far. So when I found this book at the library, I thought it might ...more
Micah
Mar 13, 2011 Micah rated it liked it
A nice narrative of the Muhammad... an pleasant primer on the life of someone I would like to know much more about.
Fred Kohn
Aug 29, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it
This book consists of several short vignettes written from the standpoints of various people. Stitched together they form a very rough picture of the history of Muhammad. But the point, I think, is not so much to recount history but to give a picture of the sheer power and inspiration the man wielded. When I first read this book, I knew little about Islam, so I don't suppose that I recognized that most of these people stand firmly in established tradion. Reading it now armed with the knowledge t ...more
Valeria
What do I think ? Its better not to say it :)
Sanjida Kamal
Apr 15, 2012 Sanjida Kamal rated it liked it
This is an important book to read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Religion in general is a touchy subject and no matter how an author discusses it, criticism is bound to appear. I didn't know much about Muhammad and the beginnings of Islam before but I think this book provided a good introduction to how Islam came about, not so much what Islam teaches. Having the story told from different perspectives in a fictionalized manner made the story easier to comprehend. The feelings of the individua ...more
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

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