Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was born in 570 C.E. Over the course of the following sixty years, he built a thriving spiritual community and laid out the foundations of a religion that has changed the course of world history. There is more historical data available about his life than that of the founder of any other major faith, and yet, particularly in the West, his is a consistently misunderstood story.
An acclaimed authority on religious and spiritual issues, Karen Armstrong offers a balanced portrait of this revered figure. Through comparison with other prophets and mystics, she illuminates Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H) spiritual ideas; she uses the facts of his life, from which Muslims have drawn instruction for centuries, to make the tenets of Islam clear and accessible for modern readers of all faiths. This vivid and detailed biography strips away centuries of distortion and myth to reveal the man behind the religion.
Karen Armstrong, bestselling author, scholar, and journalist, is among the world’s foremost commentators on religious history and culture. Post-9/11, she has become a crucial advocate for mutual understanding between the world’s major faiths. Her books include Buddha: A Biography, The Battle for God, and Islam: A Short History.
“Respectful without being reverential, knowledgeable without being pedantic, and, above all, readable. It succeeds because [Armstrong] brings Muhammad (P.B.U.H) to life as a fully rounded human being.” -The Economist