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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
Published September 17th 2006 by Verso (first published September 1st 2006)
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Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a really strange but lyric collection of fragments from the biography of Muhammad. Weinberger says it's a response to the first Gulf War, an attempt to arrange and make readable some of the literary treasures of Islamic civilization, which I totally get and respect.

I'm not sure he does that here, though, or at least not with as much of a straight face as his afterward suggests (mayber that's why it's an afterword, because he knows it doesn't quite line up with the read reality, whereas i
Affad Shaikh
Feb 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Such an incredibly odd collection of fragmented tid bits in, for lack of a better descriptive term, myth making around the Prophet Muhammad. I was amused by the content, and a little disturbed by the lack of proper citations for the claims presented within the work.

Apparently the bulk of this work must come from outside material, like Hiyat al Qulub by al-Majlisi because I ran into very little that i recognized from my own extensive reading of biographies, albeit modern, of the Prophet. While We
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2007 rated it really liked it

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
TW Yeung
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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).
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Easy read on the prophet...
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EW retells the legends of the Prophet in a cross between a rune and a brochure.
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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
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