Customer Reviews: Muhammad and the Origins of Islam (Suny Series in Near Eastern Studies) (Suny Series, Near Eastern Studies)
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on May 28, 2001
One of the best books about Prophet Mohammed (PBH), his life and religion of God. Author provides first a good history of Arabia prior to birth of Prophet where you get a good understanding of the environment, there are a lot of references to old greek, persian and Byzantium historians. Than mostly relying on Ibn Ishak's "Life of Mohammed" the birth and life of Mohammed is written. There are few references to Hadiths that may not necessarily be sahih or reliable but considering that they are muslim sources, author seems to take them as they are. I found this book written very nicely, all key events are described with quotations from the original sources and time to time author makes interpretations or value judgments. I found the ancient history of arabia very useful, provides you perspective and who is who type of information.
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