Muhammad: Forty Introductions

Category: Book
By (author): Knight, Michael Muhammad
Subject:  RELIGION / Islam / General
  RELIGION / Islam / History
  RELIGION / Islam / Theology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Counterpoint
Published: January 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.75in
Our Price:
$ 25.50
Availability:
In stock

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*"More than a survey of the prophet's life and times, this book is an introduction to the stunning diversity of Islam and the ways in which Muslims think, dream, and make Muhammad into their very own prophet." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

He ranks among the most venerated historical figures in the world, as well as among the most contested.Muhammad: Forty Introductions offers a distinct and nuanced take on the life and teachings of the prophet Muhammad, using a traditional genre of Islamic literature called the forty hadiths collection.

Hadiths are the reported sayings and actions of Muhammad that have been collected by the tens of thousands throughout Islamic history. There is a tradition in which Muslim scholars take from this vast textual ocean to compile their own smaller collections of forty hadiths, an act of curation that allows them to present their particular understanding of Muhammad's legacy and the essential points of Islam.

Here, Michael Muhammad Knight offers forty narrations that provide windows into the diverse ways in which Muslims envision Muhammad. He also examines his own relationship to Muslim traditions while exploring such topics as law, mysticism, sectarianism, gender, and sexuality. By revealing the Prophet to be an ongoing construction, he carefully unravels notions about Islam's center and margins.
Review Quote*Advance Praise forMuhammad: Forty Introductions

"Knight gives the Prophet new life . . .Muhammad is not just a good book of religious scholarship, but a strange, delightful memoir." -Shiv Kotecha,Frieze
"A remarkable balance between the calm objective nature required by scholarship and the human touch that makes his writing accessible to a wider audience. If you're serious about wanting to learn more about Islam and Muhammad, thenMuhammad: Forty Introductions by Michael Muhammad Knight is a great place to start." -Richard Marcus,Qantara.de

"More than a survey of the prophet's life and times, this book is an introduction to the stunning diversity of Islam and the ways in which Muslims think, dream, and make Muhammad into their very own prophet." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The author's portrait of Muhammad is progressive, sometimes controversial, and he aims to be inclusive of a variety of Muslim voices. . . . A worthwhile and sometimes challenging read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike." -Kirkus Reviews

"In each chapter here, Knight selects a hadith that describes a specific aspect of the prophet's life and character. He then elaborates on each in his own unique way with the purpose of expressing his personal walk with Muhammad . . . A compelling work." -Dave Pugl,Library Journal

"Muhammad: Forty Introductions is a biography utterly unique, a performance and pairing of form and function like I've never seen before, an entirely novel take on one of history's most important figures. It's a revelation." -Scott Cheshire, author ofHigh as the Horses' Bridles
Biographical NoteMichael Muhammad Knight is a novelist, essayist, and scholar. He converted to Islam at sixteen and traveled to Islamabad at seventeen to study at a madrasa. His books includeThe Taqwacores,Blue-Eyed Devil,Impossible Man,William S. Burroughs vs. the Qur'an,Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs, and Writing, andWhy I Am a Salafi. He is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.