Table of Contents

Abbreviations Used in the Essay
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Foreword: Dr. John O Voll
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Editor's Note: Sabreen Akhter
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Acknowledgments
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Objectives of the Review
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Attitudes towards Prophet Muhammad
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I. The Seeker of Truth
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II. The Recipient of the Mantle of Prophethood/ The Warner and the Exhorter
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III. The Stoic Optimist
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IV. The Pluralistic Leader
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V. The Courageous Yet Reluctant Warrior
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VI. The Statesman par excellence and the Teacher
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VII. The Compassionate Ruler and Spiritual Leader
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Does this essay cover any new ground?
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Appendices
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The Sources for This Essay


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Editor's Note

Dr. Javeed Akhter's book is unique because he delves deep into the psyche of the Prophet (S) and the actual physical manifestations of his thought processes during the different stages of his life. Also, it is invaluable for those who study the prophet Muhammad's (S) life, to shift paradigms and think about the events and decisions in his life in terms of stages of development, instead of merely a string of seemingly non-cohesive, random happenings. Unlike other biographies of the Prophet (S), Akhter, with the deeply personal and human passion characteristic of a true historian, creates not merely a visceral materialization of the Prophet (S), but also a very clear intellectual one.
Clearly, it is near impossible for anyone to fairly describe the reach and significance, the struggles and ultimate success of the prophet Muhammad's (S) life. Dr. Akhter, however, offers a fresh perspective on the Prophet's life, and hence, his view is integral to the continued dialectic about the Prophet (S). One of the most stunning portrayals of the prophet Muhammad (S) I have ever found, and which this book, though through a different style, captures in full, is seen through a verse by the poet Sharaf ad-Din al-Busiri who wrote in praise of the Prophet:
"Like a flower in tenderness, and like the full moon in glory, and like the ocean in generosity, and like time in grand intentions..."

Sabreen Akhter