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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Islam - 112 pages
Just over one-sixth of the world's population subscribes to the Muslim belief that 'there is no god but God, and Muhammad is his Messenger.' Now, in this highly intriguing work, Michael Cook offers a discerning account of the man who inspired this faith, drawing on the traditional Muslim sources to describe Muhammad's life and teaching. A fascinating look at the achievements of one of the great figures of history, this volume also serves as an excellent introduction to Islam. As well, Cook attempts to stand back from the traditional picture of Muhammad to question how far the tale of this great man is historically justified.

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Originally published in Oxford's "Past Masters" series, it was re-issued as part of the successful "Very Short Introduction" series, in which form it quickly disappeared from circulation. Perhaps it ... Read full review

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Wonderful little introduction to Muhammad and Islam. Monotheistic Judaism and Christianity were making cultural headway into polytheistic pagan Arabia by the 7th century. Facing cultural challenge by ... Read full review

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