The First Muslim Reviews
"Vivid and engaging... a fluid and captivating introduction that will be invaluable for those seeking a greater understanding of Islam's message and its messenger." Publishers Weekly
"Winning... a level-headed, elegant look at the life of the prophet amid the making of a legend." Kirkus
"Beautifully written, The First Muslim respectfully humanizes the inimitable prophet of Islam and sees him whole." Cornel West, Professor, Union Theological Seminary, and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
"Hazleton sets her keen eye and her sculpted prose on one of the most fascinating and misunderstood figures in history. What she uncovers is a complex yet utterly relatable man whose personal trials and triumphs changed the course of history. This is a wonderful book." Reza Aslan, author of No God but God and How to Win a Cosmic War
"Hazleton has done the seemingly impossible: rendered into human proportions a man who is more often the subject of pious veneration or political vitriol. This is the most readable, engaging study of Muhammad I have ever come across." - G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen and The Butterfly Mosque
"The First Muslim tells the mostly unknown story of the prophet Muhammad in a masterful, accessible, and engaging way. Hazleton's empathetic touch softens her rigorous scholarship and research as she crucially demystifies both the man himself and the birth of Islam. An absolute delight (and indispensable) for believers and non-believers alike." Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Ayatollahs' Democracy
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