Synopses & Reviews
Muhammad was a religious visionary and political leader. Raised in the harsh Arabian Peninsula and orphaned while still a child, this unlikely leader and military genius received a calling to transform his society from a collection of raiding tribes into one of the world's most progressive societies. His message of monotheism and righteousness motivated an entire people to abandon idolatry and spread the word of God to surrounding nations. Although he was a military genius, his greatest accomplishments came from the religion he preached: Islam, which called its adherents to lead a life of prayer, charity, and contemplation. The second largest religion in the world, both Islam's prophet and its values are today often misunderstood by adherents and outsiders alike.
This concise, informative biography explores:
- Muhammad's background and boyhood, as well as the culture and society in which he lived
- A look at Muhammad as a family man, and how his personal life was a testament to his high regard for women
- Muhammad's mission as a prophet and his new religion's philosophy on topics ranging from monotheism to interfaith relations
- The Qur'an and how it was revealed, how Muslims view it in their religious life, and the concept of Jihad from Muhammad's perspective
Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-314) and index.
-- Given the current prominence of Islam, it has become more important than ever that Westerners -- and Muslims -- gain an accurate look at who Muhammad was and what he stood for.
-- Provides a fascinating picture of both Muhammad and the world in which he lived.
Rather than settling in to the comfortable life of a merchant, Muhammad had a vision of himself bringing the message of the one God to his idolatrous people. Coverage includes: the claim to prophethood -- Muhammad's teachings, and his first coverts; the Muslim flight to Medina, Muhammad's battles, and the eventual bloodless Muslim conquest of Mecca; Muhammad's political victory in the Arabian peninsula, and wars with Byzantium and Persia; the death of Muhammad, and the ways in which his message lived beyond him, and Muhammad's place in history -- his role in Muslim theology and cosmology, the ways he is viewed in different Muslim sects and regions, and the influence of Muhammad today in Islamic movements, both peaceful and fundamentalist.
About the Author
Yahiya Emerick is an American convert to Islam who has been involved in interfaith issues and education since 1990. He has a graduate degree in history, has authored 14 books for adults and children, and has been published in many magazines, including the Journal for Religion and Education.
Table of Contents
Part One: Muhammad's Early Life and Roots
1. Arabia Before Islam
2. The Child of Tragedy
3. Muhammad: Merchant of Mecca
Part Two: The Coming of Prophethood
4. From Citizen to Prophet
5. The Unwelcome Prophet
6. Finding a Home for Islam
7. From Mecca to Medina
8. The Challenge of Ascendancy
Part Three: The Struggle for Survival
9. The Great Battle of Badr
10. The Battle of Uhud
11. The Great Siege of Medina
12. Going Home: The Conquest of Mecca
Part Four: Tomorrow the World
13. Arabia's Last Stand
14. Looking Northward
15. The Passing of a Prophet
A: Muhammad in Western Literature
B: An Outline of the Major Events of Muhammad's Life
C: Islam's First Twenty Years
D: Resources and References
E: The Lineage of Muhammad