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Muhammad by Demi
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Oct 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-biography, read-childrens-books, read-philosophy-religion

A foreword to this book states that it's the first biography of the Prophet Muhammad for children. It couldn't have been written by a better author. Demi has followed Islamic tradition by illustrating this book without depicting the Prophet Muhammad and his family. Instead, where one of them appears, there is a golden silhouette instead. The biography describes his birth, boyhood, marriage to Khadijah, his encounter with the angel Gabriel, who gave his the first verses of the Koran, and his subsequent life as a prophet and leader of the Islamic people. I especially like the story of hiding in the cave, where a spider wove its web across the opening and a dove made its nest nearby. When the Quraysh came to look for Muhammad and his friend Abu Bakr, they dismissed the cave as being an unlikely hiding place because the dove and the spider's web were undisturbed. Great story!

One thing I did find puzzling, however. Demi writes that true believers of Islam were to treat women with kindness. So why is there so much mistreatment of women (honor killings, repression, beatings) amongst some of the people in Islamic countries? It must be just like with Christianity--just because you say you're Christian and make an outward show of it, performing the rituals, doesn't always mean that you act like it. Human nature.

Anyway, for a basic understanding of the Prophet Muhammad and his teachings, this is the book to read. Highly recommended!
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March 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
March 6, 2011 – Shelved as: read-biography
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Rachel I think a lot of how Muslims treat women has to do with interpretation of the Koran, the same as interpretation with the Bible for Christians.

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Yes, I think you're right. People can interpret or misinterpret any scripture to achieve their own ends.

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