The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world
he inhabited--and remade.
Muhammad's was a life of almost unparalleled historical
importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely
dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In "The
First Muslim," Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life.
Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics,
religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all
his complexity and vitality.
Hazleton's account follows the arc of Muhammad's rise from
powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from
insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to
the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant
come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social
justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a
new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the
Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton's
narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between
idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and
violence, rejection and acclaim. "The First Muslim "illuminates not
only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant
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