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The Biography of Muhammad awarded a World Prize for the Book of the Year

The book The Biography of Muhammad: Nature and Authenticity by Gregor Schoeler has been awarded a World Prize for the Book of the Year by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Routledge would like to extend our congratulations to Gregor Schoeler, whose book The Biography of Muhammad: Nature and Authenticity (edited by Professor James Montgomery and translated by Uwe Vagelpohl) has been awarded a World Prize for the Book of the Year for Islamic Studies by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Tehran's Vahdat Hall hosted the 19th edition of World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Please click here for the complete list of winners via the Iran Book News Agency.

This book considers the Arabic biographies of Prophet Muhammad, the earliest of which dates from two centuries after his life. These biographies, prized by Muslims, have been approached in the Western study of Islam from a range of positions. Some scholars reject them entirely, seeing in them products of the Muslim community’s idealisation of its history, while others accept them at face value, reasoning that, if not exact versions of events, the events could not have differed too much from their descriptions.

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  1. The Biography of Muhammad

    Nature and Authenticity

    By Gregor Schoeler

    Series: Routledge Studies in Classical Islam

    This book considers the Arabic biographies of Prophet Muhammad, the earliest of which dates from two centuries after his life. These biographies, prized by Muslims, have been approached in the Western study of Islam from a range of positions. Some scholars reject them entirely, seeing in them...

    Published October 5th 2010 by Routledge