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The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited —and remade. Lesley Hazleton's new book, Agnostic: A Spirited. author may make changes on these proofs before the book goes to press. The. FIRST MUSLIM. Also by Lesley Hazleton. After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the . Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. It is surprising how little most people know about the life of the . After reading this book I got Hazleton's book After the First Muslim which was written prior to the one I am reviewing. I hope Hazleton writes more.
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After his initial vision on Mount Hira, Muhammad evolves from messenger to prophet to leader of what would become Islam. The book describes his exile from Mecca and eventual return, his strategies for dispatching enemies and forming alliances, as well as the origins for the veiling of women and the Shia vs Sunni divisions. On the negative side, the author makes speculative statements that seem out of place in nonfiction writing.
So-and-so was thought to have said such and such and therefore, we can deduce that he must have felt this or that way. Nevertheless, the book is fascinating and I feel that it added significantly to my heretofore paltry knowledge about Muhammad and Islam. Buku ini merupakan buku biografi pertama mengenai Nabi Muhammad S. Menarik untuk membaca sesuatu yang subjeknya sangat rapat dengan agama Islam tetapi ditulis oleh orang bukan Islam.
Penulisnya, Lesley Hazleton merupakan seorang agnostik seorang yang tidak menganuti sebarang agama tetapi percaya kepada kewujudan Tuhan. Oleh itu,beliau cenderung untuk mengkaji Nabi Muhammad S. Lantas,mungkin apa yang disampaikan oleh Hazleton agak berbeza daripada pandangan umum atau lazim mengenai sejarah nabi terakhir ini. Namun demikian,Hazleton masih menyandarkan penyelidikannya berdasarkan tiga sumber utama iaitu; a Al-Quran b Sirat Rasul Allah yang ditulis oleh Ibn Ishaq c Tarikh al-Rusul wa al-Muluk ditulis oleh Al-Tabari Namun,secara keseluruhannya,hasil pembacaan saya,Hazleton mempunyai pandangan yang positif kepada Nabi Muhammad S.
Sebagai contohnya,Hazleton berpandangan bahawa hukuman bunuh secara beramai-ramai ke atas Bani Qureyz kanak-kanak dan wanita dijadikan hamba tawanan dan harta benda dirampas yang diperintahkan oleh Nabi Muhammad sebagai kejam dan hanya mahu menjadikan Bani Qureyz sebagai kambing hitam. Tetapi,pada masa yang sama,Hazleton juga mengakui bahawa baginda berbuat demikian untuk menunjukkan bahawa Nabi Muhammad merupakan seorang pemimpin yang tegas dan akan bertindak agresif kepada mana-mana pihak yang memusuhinya.
Langkah ini penting dilaksanakan untuk memastikan tiada lagi pihak yang mahu mempertikaikan atau memperkecilkan pemerintahan baginda. Jan 19, Inzemamul Haque rated it liked it Shelves: The author is very critical in her approach to find the truth in history especially when there are incidences of miracles. The author looks unbiased throughout the book. If the reader is Muslim, he or she may feel at very few almost rare places that Muhammad peace be upon him is shown in bad light.
But this paragraph from the author herself says it all. Muhammad had reversed the terms of engagement, turning apparent weakness into strength The author is very critical in her approach to find the truth in history especially when there are incidences of miracles.
Muhammad had reversed the terms of engagement, turning apparent weakness into strength. He had proved himself as effective unarmed as armed, and used the language of peace as forcefully as that of war. In fact it was precisely this dual aspect of him that would so confound his critics and his followers alike. Whether in the seventh century or the twenty-first, he would frustrate the simplistic terms of those trying to pigeonhole him as either a "prophet of peace" or a "prophet of war.
A complex man carving a huge profile in history, his vision went beyond seemingly irreconcilable opposites. He had allowed himself to be turned away from Mecca in the full knowledge that he had in fact completed the first stage of his return. I have read her another book titled "After the prophet. Nov 28, Cassandra rated it really liked it.
It's worth noting at the beginning of this review that my understanding of the life of Muhammad was pretty rudimentary before this book. I really enjoyed the way the author tried to bring the human aspect of the Prophet to life, especially in his early years, sifting through some of the miracle stories to more humble beginnings.
This isn't exactly a biography, because while it pulls mostly from the writings of ibn-Ishaq and al-Tabari, both of those were written many years after the death of Muha It's worth noting at the beginning of this review that my understanding of the life of Muhammad was pretty rudimentary before this book.
This isn't exactly a biography, because while it pulls mostly from the writings of ibn-Ishaq and al-Tabari, both of those were written many years after the death of Muhammed.
The author uses information about the history and culture to advance hypotheses about what is "the future written back into the past" and what seems to make sense.
She also uses psychology and other disciplines to approximate what Muhammad may have been feeling at the time. Given that, while there are many facts in this book, there is also quite a bit of conjecture as there inevitably is when there isn't much surviving written record from the time of his life but I think the author does a good job of differentiating between the two. Apr 03, Catalina rated it really liked it.
As a non-Muslim I was interested in learning more about Islamic origins and history. Being that this is the first book of Hazelton that I just read, the author has an immediate and captivating style that is reflective of the characters and of her own questions and rationalisations.
In terms of content, I feel that she does have the right to have her agnostic Jewish background colour her views what book doesn't have bias? While I still question some of the events she has interpreted of the Prophet's life the marriage between the Prophet and Zaynab, for example , it is simple enough to be picked up by any person! It reads with refreshment, but I wouldn't utilise this book as a primer on Islam. I would have liked to have read more about the Prophet and stories of him rather than just the political events surrounding him.
Still, it was certainly worth the read. Jan 14, William Crosby rated it it was amazing. I found this to be a fast and fascinating read. And this comes from somebody who does not like to read biographies. The book is written as a mostly seamless story which is more than just a biography. So that the flow is not disturbed, all notes are at the end.
It does a magnificent job including diverse aspects of culture to further understand Muhammad's life. The perfect book to see the "human" beyond the legend!! The reason I got this book was because I wanted to read something unbiased and objective with regards to Muhammads life.
We've all read about him, what he has done, what he has conquered - his hadeeths, about his actions - but despite knowing all this, I felt I still knew very little of him. What I really wanted was a fresh vantage point - to be honest I wasnt very interested in dates of conquests and battles, I was more interested in the man, his thoughts and behavior, his character - his chara The reason I got this book was because I wanted to read something unbiased and objective with regards to Muhammads life.
What I really wanted was a fresh vantage point - to be honest I wasnt very interested in dates of conquests and battles, I was more interested in the man, his thoughts and behavior, his character - his character as a man, not as the last prophet. But unfortunately his prophetic role was such that it was almost impossible to separate the prophet from the man. Every word, every action every comment of his was under such scrutiny, its very unlikely he ever acted on a whim.
None of the sugar coated-ness, it almost seems a bit harsh at times, nearly depicting Muhammad as power hungry in some instances, but she also gives viable reasons of why this could be. Its almost tragic, the weight of the last message burdened on this man, knowing that it ends with him and he has to give up everything to ensure Gods message is delivered to his followers.
Its heartbreaking - in the sense, that Muhammad really had no life of his own. His life was his people's, ours. The prophetic role being thrust upon him, the hardships he had to endure, decisions he had to make, was he fearful? And whats even more tragic is, the different versions of crucial events in his life are debated.
This book makes a good addition to the various biographies of Muhammad, but what I appreciate was how Hazelton tries to dig deeper and decipher what Muhammad may have been feeling and why.
This is not a detailed history text, but more of a character analysis of Muhammad - why he was chosen and how he went about delivering Gods final message. This book isn't so much a biography, as a study or a critique about the stories abounding about The Prophet.
Hazleton has presented this with reference to Chistianity - drawing parallel as well as contrast, as suitable - to explain the man who was the Prophet. This book presumes the Biblical knowledge and hence saves up on space; but, it would make it a little difficult for non-Christian readers.
Hazleton has attempted to humanise Muhammad, stripping him from all the 'drama' and magic, leaving beh This book isn't so much a biography, as a study or a critique about the stories abounding about The Prophet. Hazleton has attempted to humanise Muhammad, stripping him from all the 'drama' and magic, leaving behind a plausible historic chronicle.
She has shorn his story of all the romance and hence, this a study. Very academic in tone, than religious or novel like. A lot of research has obviously gone into this work.
While checking up on this book's reviews, I find either raving 5 stars or, too miserably panning ones! One of them expressed disappointment by asking how was this book called well researched. Well, it is. If you read it in a non biased way, you have to give Hazleton the credit for her research. Personally, I prefer factual, to the point accounts of real lifes to, romanticed drama fit for a sitcom. Hence, this book was very much to my taste.
It was thought provoking, insightful, inspiring and interesting in equal measures. Hazleton has also given some background information of Muhammad's time, which gives a glimpse to the society prevailing then. I enjoyed the book. I do not care for the religious context. I wanted to get introduced to Muhammad, the man, the real guy behind the Prophet; and I could meet him in this book.
A readable book. I hope this was a balanced review. Mar 22, Richard rated it liked it Shelves: I picked this up because I'd heard Lesley Hazleton speak after the publication of her book on the succession after Muhammad's death, and because i wanted a refresher to Karen Armstrong's "Muhammad: A Prophet for our Time," which I'd read a couple of years ago.
Both books cover the same turf. The First Muslim is a little more imaginative as the author sketches thoughts and conversations that could have happened, I suppose, but are really informed figments.
She also describes events that are proba I picked this up because I'd heard Lesley Hazleton speak after the publication of her book on the succession after Muhammad's death, and because i wanted a refresher to Karen Armstrong's "Muhammad: She also describes events that are probably true to the life and times, but again, are made up.
The messing around gives the book a contemporary to the times feel, and allow for that "it reads just like a novel," come on that popular histories are known for, but they get a little grating.
The conceit is too obvious. Muhammad's story is fascinating as he rises from rags to riches while struggling with his parentage, and the history of the Koran is equally so as the verses run from revelation to Muhammad covering his tracks with the word of God after personal or political errors. Taken as a whole, Muhammad was a human with all the failings and an extra helping of the brilliance of the race, and the Koran, by description at least, as much an enlightened mess as the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
It's a quick and easy read, but Armstrong's take, a bit drier was also - oddly - more dramatic. If you're going to read one, go with Karen Armstrong.
That being said, I am interested in Hazelton's previous, "After the Prophet. Extremely interesting! Not having known much at all about his life, I was intrigued by the legends and myths as much as by the hard facts that Lesley Hazleton shares in this book. The reader follows an orphan through a rather di Extremely interesting!
The reader follows an orphan through a rather difficult childhood and adolescence, shares some quiet and happy moments with him as adult — and almost incredulously follows how he changes, starting from the first message on Mount Hira which made him a simple and peaceful messenger to becoming a prophet, a warrior, a leader and something of a tyrant… Lesley Hazleton does not pretend to know everything, but openly admits that sometimes different sources give a rather unclear picture of the facts.
She manages very convincingly to put together the different pieces, to add her insight about the time and place and eventually comes to the most probable conclusion. I only wish that she would write an equally insightful biography about Jesus…! It would be highly informative to compare the lives of these two men who influenced our cultures forever. Feb 19, Neesa Jamal rated it it was amazing.
To read a biography of a man that most people will misquote, and misunderstood by an Agnostic Jewish without prejudice is something unusual for me personally. She understands Muhammad more than I do. She knows his history correctly more than I thought I knew.
She have a logical, realistic love for him that although she never confess in written word Eg; I love Muhammad , it is written all over this biography only if you read it between the lines. You can feel this by her way of tenderly expla To read a biography of a man that most people will misquote, and misunderstood by an Agnostic Jewish without prejudice is something unusual for me personally.
You can feel this by her way of tenderly explaining the history perfectly. This might sound weird, but I cried reading few sentences in some random chapters in this book that touches my heart until today. And now I know. Thank you, Lesley Hazleton. Thank you for this beautiful gift to me.
Regards, Agent N. A muslim by choice. Dec 19, Komal Rauf rated it really liked it. A well researched historical account on a very difficult personality which the author has with factually, sensitively and with great respect.
A definite read for anyone interested in understanding the core of Islam beyond hearsay. Page numbering for 3 17 Aug 03, Humanizing a Prophet 2 31 May 17, Readers Also Enjoyed. About Lesley Hazleton. Lesley Hazleton.
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