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By Karen Armstrong. The author of the sweeping histories of religion The Great Transformation (2006) and A History of God (1993), turns her attention to the Last Prophet to humanity, Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Prophet was born in 570 CE, and over the following sixty years built a thriving spiritual community, laying the foundations of a religion that changed the course of world history. There is more historical data on his life than on that of the founder of any other major faith, and yet his story is little known by most Americans. Karen Armstrong's immaculately researched new biography of Muhammad will enable readers to understand the true origins and spirituality of a faith that is all too often misrepresented as cruel, intolerant, and inherently violent. An acclaimed authority on religious and spiritual issues, Armstrong offers a balanced, in-depth portrait, revealing the man at the heart of Islam by dismantling centuries of misconceptions. Armstrong demonstrates that Muhammad's life—a pivot point in history—has genuine relevance to the global crises we face today. Publisher: HarperOne (August 28, 2007), English, Paperback 256 pages.