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ISBN/ASIN : 1842126083
Manufacturer : Weidenfeld & Nicholson history|
Release data : 03 December, 2001
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A good attempt, but rather limited success.
Karen sets out to give a more objective view of the last Prophet and tries to correct some of the misninformation that exists about him and Islam. She takes the story beyond his life to how his image is constructed in the west, in an amazing style. Yet, she falls in the most serious and gravest of errors that most have done in describing the Prophet, that she fails completely to describe him as a Prophet, but rather a great leader, which is far shorter of his actual status.
The Prophet is a messenger, who passed Allaah's (God's) final guidance to mankind, The Koran, that sealed the religion in its eternal and final format, following on previous messages and Prophets. The Prophet is great, not because he invited this message, but rather that he delivered it in full and without any changes. The wisdom of the message belongs to Allaah (God), the greatest of all. The cleverness of the final messenger is that he went through the trouble to pass it to people.
The same applies to the link to Christianity and Judiasm. Islam is the final station of journey that starts with Adam. There are endorsements and similarities with Christianity and Judiasm, simply becasue Islam comes from the same source and follows on the same path. Yet, they are not meant as tactics by the Prophet to appeal to Christians and Jews, and the Prophet had no invention of his own to make a tactic, but rather a demonstration that Islam is the ultimate path to Allaah (God) accepting all his messengers and following the final draft (the Koran), as revealed to the final Prophet (Muhammad)
i enjoyed reading this biography but it is not as good as Adil Salahi's biography which is the best I have come across.
there are a few points i take issue with in Armstong's book. She refers to the angels at Badr as being a "mass hallucination" which is unfair. It suggests the muslims were mentally ill when in fact angels were sent by God to aid the muslims in their defeat of the ploytheists. Also, she refers to the massacre of the Qurayzah as a crime and an atrocity. This is also unfair. It suggests the prophet was a criminal when in fact he can't be because he was the messenger of God.
A beautiful, gentle and non fanatical introduction
When you take a look at the author's biography you'll definitively think about her right and motives to write such a book.
A run-away nun that write about islam in an approvingly tone right after the fatwa (death sentence) related to Rushdie is certanly (you'd say) a trial to be on everyone mouth...
Well, this, as many many other misconceptions are easly washed away by a precise and gentle introduction by someone who has certainly taken her time to study the matter...
In a post 09/11 world filled by irrational hate, this kind of introduction is a must for everyone who want to see the outline of an ancient and worthy religion, not less important than "our" christianity.