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There have been other biographies of the Prophet of Islam, a few written by authors living in non-Muslim countries (Yusuf Islam's splendid audio work The Life Of The Prophet springs instantly to mind here), but not that many by non-Muslims. And it is purely because Robert Spencer is not a Muslim that he is able to discuss, without fear and without any degree of 'political correctness', aspects of the holy man's life that many, both believers and unbelievers, hitherto did not know. Mr. Spencer is no stranger to controversy, as his books and his 'Jihadwatch' Web site speak for themselves, yet he manages never to pull his punches. He takes quotations from the Qur'an, and other works held in high regard, and uses them to present different sides of the Prophet's character: his skill as a military leader, his views on other religions, his pressure and agitation for constant war against unbelievers. It's a challenging work, and will probably win him fans and sworn enemies in equal measure.
James Adams reads the audiobook, endowed with a mellow English accent, yet tackling the Arabian pronunciation with skill and aplomb. The English accent surprised me, since Robert Spencer is American, but being a straight factual work I believe a good voice from either side of the Atlantic would suffice. I listened in one sitting; the near seven hours passing remarkably swiftly (always a good sign) and the narration and audio quality were of consistently high quality. Simply an all-round excellent book.
--Brad Jackson, UK
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Publisher's Summary

In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam -- perhaps the first such portrait in half a century -- unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today. Spencer details Muhammad's development from a preacher of hellfire and damnation into a political and military leader who expanded his rule by force of arms, promising his warriors luridly physical delights in Paradise if they were killed in his cause. He explains how the Qur'an's teaching on warfare against unbelievers developed, with constant war to establish the hegemony of Islamic law as the last stage.
©2006 Robert Spencer (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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By David Ewing on 10-09-08

Eye Opening

This book serves three major purposes. First, it helps you understand the structure and origin of the Islamic Religion. Second it gives a recount of the life and times of Muhammad. Third, it places the puzzling actions of Muslims in a clear and stark light of their traditions and beliefs. While I was somewhat disturbed by the implications of this book it is an invaluable read. No responsible Westerner should overlook this book . . . or disregard its warnings.

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By John on 06-05-08

Well read, packed with facts.

Audio: Narrator James Adams does an excellent job. His British accent and pronounciation of the many Arabic words are both very understandble. The pace is just right, neither dragging nor being a "speed-read". The recording is clear and unobstructed by any interference. I will look for other works J. Adams has read as possible future choices.

Content: As in Spencer's P.I. Guide to Islam that I read, this book is packed with referenced facts. These are largely quotes and accounts from the Quran, Sura, and hadith. The book is largely a fascinating and reasonably brief historical account of the life of Muhammad. As a Protestant Westerner and minor history buff, I enjoyed it and felt educated by it! I was enthralled enough to listen to the 7 hour book within a single 24-hr period. Spencer sticks to the facts throughout and lets them speak for themselves. Only in the final chapter does he coalesce the various points presented and apply them to our modern world. Is 7th century Muhammad a bad example for conduct in the 21st century? (My question.) Read\listen and decide for yourself. I highly recommend this book.

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By Jonathan on 01-22-09


It is really fantastic that offers such a diverse range of literature on it's website. "The Truth about Muhammad" adds an interesting and balanced account which is more topical today than ever before. Although I am against established religions per se, so have no "angle" (or loyalty to the religion of my ancestors!) It is clear from just browsing that there are plenty of books criticising Christianity and the other religions, far more than criticise Islam, but I don't hear people whining about them. That's because people still (at the moment) have a right to write books on topics that they choose to write about and have an expertise and interest in. Most civilised people respect that. It is therefore ridiculous to hysterically demand that someone writes sequels on other religions! My ancestors fought Hitler to ensure that EVERYONE could have an opinion without fear and intimidation. This book is well researched, interesting and fair. Buy it now!

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By Mr. M. G. Helliwell on 05-06-16

Interesting and thought provoking read

Any additional comments?

The book is clearly read which makes following the arguments easy enough. Some parts, such as bracketed comments, don't work as well being read but they are a relatively minor part.

The book is split into 3 parts. Firstly it discussing the Islamic texts, with a bit about there history and reliability. The major part of the book uses these texts to follow Muhammed's life. It does not attempt to find the "historical" Muhammed but instead takes what is written in the text, as a Muslim might.

The final part of the book talks about the implications of Muslims today taking Muhammed's life as a model for their own.

I don't know enough about Islam to argue how biased this book is or isn't but it is an accessible and interesting introduction to a relevant subject.

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By John Robinson on 02-08-17


This book should be required reading for all western politicians. The accurate version of Islam is actually the extremist view. The religion itself is problematic.

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By Adam on 08-14-17


Enjoyed it, was quite easy to listen to, no real surprises in subject matter but still learnt a lot

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