Muhammad, Prophet of God

Muhammad, Prophet of God

Muhammad, Prophet of God

Muhammad, Prophet of God

Synopsis

Founding not only a world religion but also an empire and a civilization, the prophet Muhammad was undoubtedly one of the most influential men in history. Amid the swirl of current judgments regarding Muslims and their religion, this book by Daniel Peterson offers a concise, objective, accessible biography of the first Muslim.

Blending the texts of traditional sources into an engaging narrative, Peterson begins with the impoverished and orphaned childhood of Muhammad, highlighting his evident strength of will, character, and resourcefulness. Peterson then moves through the prophet's life, detailing Muhammad's visions and revelations and examining the beginning of a religion that continues to affect the entire world in dramatic ways. Respectful and readable, Muhammad, Prophet of God opens a clear window on the life and influence of the founder of Islam.

Excerpt

The events of 9/11, along with President Bush’s declaration of the war against terror and the targeting of primarily Muslim countries as belonging to an axis of evil, created a demand for knowledge about Islam. Universities and colleges started offering more courses on Islam, and authors bombarded the public with books about the religion. Several writers have portrayed Islam as a religion that is intensely anti-Western and bent on world domination, willing to achieve this end by terrorism or any means possible. According to the majority of these writers, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Pakistani and Iranian forays into nuclear technology all set the stage for a clash of civilizations. Another set of writers, clearly in the minority, have sought to present Islam as a thoroughly misunderstood religion that, far from being bellicose and retrogressive, is in fact a recipe for progress and that the religion should not be judged by the actions of a misguided few.

The fact of the matter is that truly objective works on Islam exist for the most part in academic circles, largely inaccessible to the general public. and even in such works, the focus on 9/11 o"brks">Professor Daniel Peterson’s book answers this need. It initially appeared as his contribution to a larger volume, The Rivers of Paradise, edited by noted scholars of religion, Professors David Noel Freedman and Michael J. McClymond (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001). That book . . .

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