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The Prophet Muhammad

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In this fascinating and insightful biography, Barnaby Rogerson explores the life and times of Muhammad. Vividly describing the sixth-century Arabia where Muhammad was born, Rogerson charts his early years among the flocks, the caravans and the markets of his native Mecca; the night he received his religious vision; the perilous years of reciting the revelations in Mecca; h ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by HiddenSpring (first published 2003)
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I have read many books on this subject, this is the first time where the writer has kept me interested throughout the storytelling of the life of the Prophet Muhammed. An object outsiders view, a must read.
Mohammad.F Jaber
Born an orphan, raised by his grandfather in modest poverty, the story of the prophet exceeds its religious boundaries towards a much greater meaning.

What I learned from this book is that many of the religious customs in Islam (the prayer, the hajj...) were not embedded in the koran but rather the results of tradition. I still maintain that Islam came to aid humanity and assuage the brutality of life as a nomad, however it had to retain several traits not because they were intrinsically sacred
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A breezily written, enthusiastic book about the early decades of Islam. Rogerson spends a good third of the book getting to the starting point, giving us a detailed description of Arabia's geographical and political surroundings in the sixth century, before we get onto the meat of the Prophet's life.[return][return]Rogerson is clearly a sympathiser, and this means that the book cannot be considered particularly neutral. But that's perhaps not ...more
In every sentence, I encountered at least one unfamiliar word - a place in the middle east or a person featured in Islamic history - call it my ignorance. Like an informed guide, Barnaby focuses more on the significance of the places, than the flow of Muhammad's life. Won't recommend as an introduction to the origin of Islam.
A biography of Muhammad. I should qualify that: A rather short and basic biography of Muhammad. Since I knew next to nothing of the man or the birth of Islam, this served as a good primer. Rogerson has been a guide in the Middle East for over two decades, and it shows in his writing. Lots of details of places, just like a guided tour. However, it is not terribly engaging reading once you get past the places to descriptions of people and events. Rogerson treats the issue of mystical revelation ra ...more
Harsh Rakesh
Awesome description just one drawback and it is that the book has a lot unwanted elaborations and some of them are a little on the author's imaginative side. I don't say that all these points are not important but yes they have been given a lot of space than they should have been. Starting with pre-Muhammad era the book takes you to a tour of pre-Islamic era and then brings you to the struggles, wars, fights and finally success of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. I have read the book but ...more
Very good, recommended.
Maryam Khawaja
Good book but too much historical and detailed descriptions of unnecessary things. Needed more details of the Prophet's life and behaviour.
Leo Africanus
A sympathetic and gripping account of the period of Prophecy but ultimately let down by a rather uncritical approach to source material and a questionable grasp of the Arabic language.
サラ サラ
A wonderful book ,Indeed!!!
I loved the author's story telling style.He kept the book interesting till the last page.
Yasir Jafri
Another informative book by the same author, actually, this is Part-I in the sequence...
Good effort, but written very casually...
Great historical intro to Islam for the Westerner
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