In Search of Muhammad (Cassell theological studies) 0th Edition
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“…a fascinating read…”—Missiology
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- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0304337005
- ISBN-13 : 978-0304337002
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.75 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Continuum; 0th Edition (January 1, 1998)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,870,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This can be used as both a criticism and a high compliment. The honesty with which he approaches the subject matter radiates and leaves the reader listening not to the intentions of the author but to the actual text and what is being said. Oftentimes books about Muhammad are so overly hostile that any objectivity flies out the window. On the flip side books on Muhammad often border on deifying him and objectivity is thus also lost.
Mr. Bennett's assessment of the sources reveals what can and can not be known and shows the diversity of how Muhammad is seen and understood. There is no monolithic Islam and there is no monolithic understanding of Muhammad. To an extent, Muhammad is almost (emphasis: almost) as mythic as the founders of other religions.
Reading this book will open the reader's eyes to a more educated approach to understanding the enduring appeal of Muhammad in the hearts of believers and the impact of Muhammad still felt on the world. The reader will come to know that what we so often hear about Muhammad is often either wrong, distorted or might even be rendered as mere folk tale (or, in today's jargon, an urban legend).