Misquoting Muhammad The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/15/2015
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications

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"Misquoting Muhammad is a book I wish I had the money to buy for all my friends and colleagues, because it presents readers with a guide to Islamic thought that portrays it not as a fixed entity but as a complex product of utterly human machinations... Ultimately, Brown teaches a simple, if vital, lesson: Authenticity is elusive in religion, and those who claim it tend not to be searching for the truth but grasping for power."
— Pacific Standard

Sometimes rumor, sometimes based on fact and often misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic law and dogma were not set in the religion’s founding moments. They were developed, like in other world religions, over centuries by the clerical class of Muslim scholars.

Misquoting Muhammad takes the reader back in time through Islamic civilization and traces how and why such controversies developed, offering an inside view into how key and controversial aspects of Islam took shape. Misquoting Muhammad lays out how Muslim intellectuals have sought to balance reason and revelation, weigh science and religion, and negotiate the eternal truths of scripture amid shifting values.

Author Biography

Jonathan A.C. Brown is an associate professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. His books include Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction and Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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