Muhammad, the World Changer: An Intimate Portrait

Mohamad Jebara. St. Martin’s Essentials, $29.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-25023-964-8
In this accessible debut, Islamic scholar Jebara delivers an intimate portrait of Muhammad as a spiritual figure and leader. Here, the prophet emerges as a man who “endured terrible setbacks and traumatic suffering, only to turn his brokenness into an asset, unlocking latent abilities to improve the world around him.” Jebara traces Muhammad’s footsteps in the deserts of Arabia to create an endearing account of his tumultuous journey from orphan to businessman to political leader. Jebara humanizes Muhammad with stories of him doing housework and building a lover’s loft for his wife Khadijah, and by considering Muhammad’s personal tastes, such as his favorite color: green. Along the way, Jebara depicts Muhammad as a hero who “laid the intellectual mindset for the modern world,” and also explains the roots of Arabic words including Quran (the blossoming process), Muslims (those who repair cracks in the city wall), and Islam (the constant pursuit of completion). Those looking for an introduction to the life of the Islamic prophet would do well to start here. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 07/26/2021
Release date: 10/12/2021
Genre: Religion
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