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  • Muḥammad, Prophet, -632.
  • Islam -- Origin.
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  • Islamic Empire -- History -- 622-661.
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    Muhammad : a very short introduction / Jonathan A. C. Brown.
    by Brown, Jonathan (Jonathan A. C.)
    Oxford, England ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Muḥammad, Prophet, -632.
  • Islam -- Origin.
  • Islam -- History.
  • Islamic Empire -- History -- 622-661.
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    Very short introductions ; 261.
    xviii, 140 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm.
    Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Note on transliteration and names -- List of illustrations -- Life of the Messenger of God -- Shaping Muhammad in history -- Muhammad in Islamic civilization -- References -- Further reading -- Index.
    As the founder of Islam, a religion with over one billion followers, Muhammad is one of the most influential figures in world history. But learning about his life and understanding his importance has always proven difficult, as our only source of knowledge comes from the biography of him written by his followers, the reliability of which has been questioned by Western scholars. This Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance, providing both Muslim and Western historical perspectives. It explains the roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the Islamic world throughout history, from the medieval to the modern period. The book also sheds light on modern controversies such as the Satanic Verses, for which author Salman Rushdie was condemned for blasphemy, and the uproar over Danish cartoons of Muhammad, which triggered violent protests around the world. As these recent events show, whatever the truth about Muhammad's life, his persona still plays a crucial role in Muslim life and civilization.
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