To those readers who are unaware of the writings of Karen Armstrong, the question is:
Who Is Karen Armstrong ?
In order to avoid burdening the readers with the meticulous details of Armstrong ' s life since she was an idealistic teen ager, the following short comments about her earlier life, before she has become an accomplished writer, author and lecturer, will suffice for answering the question raised above:
Karen Armstrong is a British citizen who was a Catholic nun in her earlier life for 6--7 years. After leaving the covenant of the Catholic Church, she attended Oxford University, in England, and eventually became a remarkable authors, since she has authored 20 books, the vast majority of has to do with religions. In order to provide the readers with a degree of appreciation of her accomplishments as a remarkable author, the following list of some of the books she has already
been authored by her:
* Muhammad A Prophet For Our Time.
* Islam: A Short History.
* Holy War: The Crusades And Their Impact On Today ' s World.
* Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths
* A History of God: The 4,000--Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
* The Battle for God.
* A Short History of Myth
* The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions.
* In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis.
The above list is not a complete list of the titles of books she has written and published, but it may provide the readers with an idea about her accomplishments in the field of theology.
Please notice that I have listed her book that has been titled as, " Muhammad A prophet For Our Time " at the top of the above list because, I must admit, it is my favorite of all her books. Reasons:
( 1 ) It was written and published immediately after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 when the Twin Trade Towers, in New York City and Pentagon building were attacked by using civilian airplanes as attacking missiles and 3000 innocent human beings were killed in the process. It was a barbaric and terroristic attack by any standard of measurement.
( 2 ) It takes a strength of character, integrity, dignity and enormous personal courage to publish a book to prove that Islam and its founder, Prophet Muhammad and his teachings have nothing to do with such criminal acts. In other words, Karen Armstrong has shown her metal in such a book of hers. She deserve admiration, indeed.
( 3 ) Add to the two reasons listed above the fact about the content of the book, which I can describe profoundly by one single word: " FACINATING. "
Read some of her books, especially the book titled, " Muhammad A Prophet For Our Time " and most likely you will be glad that you did, precisely as I had felt after I finished reading it.
I wish you all happy reading.