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ISBN-10: 1568587813
ISBN-13: 9781568587813
Publisher: Bold Type Books
Publish Date: 03/03/2020
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.00" H

Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires

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In the midst of the dramatic seventh-century war between two empires, Muhammad was a spiritual seeker in search of community and sanctuary.

Many observers stereotype Islam and its scripture as inherently extreme or violent-a narrative that has overshadowed the truth of its roots. In this masterfully told account, preeminent Middle East expert Juan Cole takes us back to Islam’s-and the Prophet Muhammad’s-origin story.

Cole shows how Muhammad came of age in an era of unparalleled violence. The eastern Roman Empire and the Sasanian Empire of Iran fought savagely throughout the Near East and Asia Minor. Muhammad’s profound distress at the carnage of his times led him to envision an alternative movement, one firmly grounded in peace. The religion Muhammad founded, Islam, spread widely during his lifetime, relying on soft power instead of military might, and sought armistices even when militarily attacked. Cole sheds light on this forgotten history, reminding us that in the Qur’an, the legacy of that spiritual message endures.

A vibrant history that brings to life the fascinating and complex world of the Prophet, Muhammad is the story of how peace is the rule and not the exception for one of the world’s most practiced religions.

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Juan Cole's Muhammad comes at precisely the right time. During a moment where Islam has been positioned as an enhanced threat to America and the West, Cole provides a historical account that trenchantly takes down the mis-narrative that the Prophet Muhammad was, above all, war-mongering and wed to violence. This is more than historical work, but writing that equips readers with the knowledge to navigate our turbulent present.–Khaled A. Beydoun, professor of law and author American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear
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ISBN-10: 1568587813
ISBN-13: 9781568587813
Publisher: Bold Type Books
Publish Date: 03/03/2020
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.00" H
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