Paperback ISBN: 0028643712
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
A Short History
Paperback ISBN: 081296618x
Profiles the Islamic faith as a rich and vital religion far more complex than that suggested by the modern fundamentalist strain, documenting its history and citing the importance of understanding Islam as part of today's religious climate. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
Paperback ISBN: 1594771537
A revised edition of the internationally acclaimed biography of the prophet • Includes important additions about the prophet’s spread of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states • Contains original English translations from 8th and 9th century biographies, presented in authoritative language • Represents the final updates made on the text before the author’s death in 2005 Martin Lings’ biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the life of the prophet. Based on the sira, the eighth- and ninth-century Arabic biographies that recount numerous events in the prophet’s life, it contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life. Scrupulous and exhaustive in its fidelity to its sources, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is presented in a narrative style that is easily comprehensible, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, reflecting both the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells. This revised edition includes new sections detailing the prophet’s expanding influence and his spreading of the message of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states. It represents the final updates made to the text before the author’s death in 2005. The book has been published in 12 languages and has received numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the prophet in English at the National Seerate Conference in Islamabad.
The Drowned Book
Ecstatic and Earthy Reflections of Bahauddin, the Father of Rumi
Hardcover ISBN: 0060591943
An English-language translation of the writings by the Islamic religious leader and father of Sufi poet Rumi includes a collection of mystical poems and observations on such topics as nature, humanity, and the mysteries of life.
How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World
Paperback ISBN: 0679758909
The author of Culture and Imperialism evaluates the American media's coverage of news stories about Islam and shows how misconceptions about the religion and about the Middle East have been promoted. Reprint. NYT.
The Prophet Muhammad
Hardcover ISBN: 1587680297
A history of the prophet's life and times offers a vivid portrayal of sixth-century Arabia, charting Muhammad's early years, the night he received his religious vision, his work to establish Islam and the classical Arabic of the Qur'an, and his role as the founder of a world empire and civilization.
A Short History
Hardcover ISBN: 0679640401
Profiles the Islamic faith as a rich and vital religion far more complex than that suggested by the modern fundamentalist strain, documenting its history and citing the importance of understanding Islam as part of today's religious climate.