"I think that this would be an engaging read for those interested in military history as well as those looking to expand their knowledge of Islam and the Prophet."
Another scholarly insight into the military campaigns of the Prophet Muhammad. Joel Hayward, scholar and authority on military and Islamic history has compiled this exploration of the raids, sieges and conflicts led or directed by the Prophet Muhammad. I have read one of the previous books by this author, ‘The Leadership of Muhammad: A Historical Reconstruction’ which I found to be an insightful and intellectual look at the Prophet as a leader. This book takes a slightly different look, this time exploring Muhammad’s role as a warrior and his military successes and failures. This is another clear and accessible study that, as the author states seeks to “investigate what the early Arabic sources reveal about [Muhammad’s] capacity and aptitude for using warfare for societal and religious purposes and to make a determination whether and to what degree he acted deliberately in ways that produced positive results, especially those he actually sought, during his decade or armed conflict”. Referenced in detail and using extant sources, this book looks at the Prophet Muhammad as a military leader, a biography of his deeds as one would expect to see about Napoleon. It comes complete with chronology of the Prophet’s life, glossary, maps and a table of Islamic Raids and Campaigns to further help the reader get to grips with the subject. As one would expect from his credentials, the writing in ‘The Warrior Prophet’ demonstrated the author’s expertise, with each event being conveyed in a way that is concise and easy for the general reader to understand. The book is well-structured and also easy to understand and refer back to if needed, each section looking at a different style of warfare, with chapters within those sections about specific battles, sieges or conquests. I think that this would be an engaging read for those interested in military history as well as those looking to expand their knowledge of Islam and the Prophet.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
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