If you'd like to get to the root of Muhammad, then Karen's book is the perfect introduction. She smoothly separates the religious from the secular as well as his economic from political strife in Mecca and Medina. She deftly brings in the Quran where the Surahs intersect with his life transitions. It was eye opening to see how inclusive and revolutionary Islam was when Muhammad was alive. He would be labeled today a radical feminist. It is also saddening how after the leader dies the spiritual movement assumes the role of religious power and control limiting the blessedness of what could be so much more.
Yes, it brings about many facts and events that are correct according to my account of the history of islam.
Yes, He has critical sense and an apparent accademic presentation.
All the verses of Quraan, it touch me deeply in the heart. It is my first time to listen to them in English, with such elegant reading.
No, i had to stop many times and reflect on what was said
As a muslim i felt offended in many places reading this book. And I disgaree with much of the critique that was writtern about Prophet Mohammed. But it was interesting to know how Non-muslims may interpret Islam and the Islamic beliefs.