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The First Muslim


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The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited - and remade.

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Lesley Hazleton reported on the Middle East from Jerusalem for more than a dozen years, and has written for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Harper's, among other publications. Her last book, After the Prophet, was a finalist for the PEN-USA book Award. Hazleton lives in Seattle.


Hazleton approaches her subject with scrupulous respect... Vivid and immediate -- Hari Kunzru * New York Times *
Hazleton sets her keen eye and her sculpted prose on one of the most fascinating and misunderstood figures in history... This is a wonderful book * Reza Aslan, author of No God but God and How to Win a Cosmic War *
The most readable, engaging study of Muhammad I have ever come across * G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen and The Butterfly Mosque *
A rich biography... Those who read it will come away well prepared to understand the prophet whose message, 14 centuries later, is the creed of more than a billion and a half people. * The San Francisco Chronicle *
Richly detailed and beautifully written... [Hazleton] is able to do with words what is almost never attempted in pictures... indispensable. * The Seattle Times *

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