Back in print, a definitive and fascinating introduction to the life, ideas, and impact of the founder of Islam

Maxime Rodinson’s Muhammad has long been regarded as one of the touchstones of scholarship on the founder of Islam. Thirty years after its first publication in English, it remains the definitive introduction to the Prophet’s life.

Drawing on wide-ranging scholarship and imaginative insight into the Prophet’s personality, family, background, and wider society, Rodinson’s Muhammad offers a vivid account of how he spread the word of Islam, created a sect and state, and defeated his enemies, establishing the first great Muslim military power—a power that was soon to control territory stretching all the way from the Pyrenees to the borders of China.

For anyone who wants to understand the historical roots of one of the world’s great religions, Rodinson’s Muhammad provides the ideal guide to a fascinating and timely subject.


“There can be no doubt that Professor Rodinson’s book is the major contemporary Occidental work on the Prophet, and is essential reading.”
—Edward W. Said, author of Orientalism and Out of Place
“An absorbing biography . . . Rodinson sensitively portrays a more than plausible Muhammad.”
The New Yorker