Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet

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Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
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Author Karen Armstrong
Country United Kingdom
Subject Muhammad
Genre Biography
Publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd[1]
Publication date
ISBN 0575062444 (1995 ed.)
OCLC 656709180
297/.63 B
LC Class BP75 .A76 1992[1]
Followed by Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time

Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet is a biography of Muhammad by the British religion writer and lecturer Karen Armstrong, published by Gollancz in 1991.[2][3]


The book gives a comparison between the three major monotheistic religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It also derives relevant examples from Buddhism and Hinduism. It not only speaks about the life of Muhammad but also discusses the relationships and conflicts between the Western and Islamic worlds. The book also discusses the effect that Western attitudes have had on the Muslim psyche and attempts to explain the diverse attitudes of many modern Muslims towards the Western world today.[4]

After 9/11 Armstrong revisited the subject and wrote Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time for the Atlas Books "Eminent Lives" series, published by HarperCollins in 2006 (249 pages).[5]


Orion Publishing Group acquired the Gollancz name in its 1998 acquisition of Cassell & Co, which had owned Gollancz since 1992. Orion made Gollancz a fantasy and science fiction imprint.


  1. ^ a b c d "Muhammad: a biography of the prophet" (first US edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  2. ^ Peter Stanford (5 April 2004). "The Runaway Nun". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2014-04-07.  Review of The Spiral Staircase: a memoir.
  3. ^ Harvey Blume (21 March 2001). "Divine Reticence: A conversation with Karen Armstrong, biographer of the Enlightened One". Atlantic Unbound. The Atlantic Monthly Group. 
  4. ^ "Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet (review)". Blue Rectangle ( n.d. Retrieved 2011-10-24.  Copyright Pacific Book Exchange, LLC.
  5. ^ Laurie Goodstein (21 December 2006). "Book Review: Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time". International Herald Tribune. The New York Times Company.  Review of the "Eminent Lives" series edition.