The author argues that the Prophet Muhammad is a hero for all mankind. In his lifetime he established a new religion - Islam, a new state - the first united Arabia, and a new literary language - the classical Arabic of the Koran, for the Koran is believed to be the word of God revealed to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. A generation after his death he would be acknowledged as the founder of a world empire and a new civilisation. Any one of these achievements would have been more than enough to permanently establish his genius, but he also managed to stay true to himself and retained to his last days the humility, courtesy and humanity that he had learned as an orphan shepherd boy in central Arabia. Barnaby Rogerson's biography not only looks directly at the life of the Prophet Muhammad, but comprehensively describes for western readers the Arabian world into which he was born in 570 AD.
An accessible and elegantly written general biography of the Prophet Muhammad from the author of the Cyprus, Morocco and Tunisia titles in the Cadogan Guides Series.
Penguin - Warner Books, 2003, 256 S.
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