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Book to note: 'Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer'

New book for children shares stories from the life of Islam's founder.
By Michelle Richards
Fall 2013 8.15.13

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Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer. By Sarah Conover. Skinner House, 2013. (UUA Bookstore)

Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer. By Sarah Conover. Skinner House, 2013; $14.

Until recently, there has been a shortage of good resources on Islam and Muhammad for Unitarian Universalist parents. Now we have Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer, a new book with a series of short stories exploring Muhammad’s life.

Intricate details bring these stories to life for children of all ages, such as how as a child being raised in the desert, Muhammad often sought the solitude of his own company, which allowed him to appreciate the wonder of nature epitomized by the determined shoot of a green plant rising from a crack in a rock. The book follows his life into adulthood and the prophet Muhammad’s revelations, and also shares how he regularly interacted with family and friends who had different religious beliefs than his.

The 128-page book can be read independently by most children over age 12, but it would be a much richer experience if shared between a parent and a child. Sarah Conover is co-author of Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs and other books on world faith traditions.


This article appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of UU World (page 53). See sidebar for links to related resources.

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