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Thu May 16, 2013
May 17, 2013 | Profiles | Rebroadcast

The First Muslim

The journalist Lesley Hazleton says that early sources on the prophet Muhammad are infuriatingly vague. He’s described as “neither tall nor short,” “neither dark nor fair,” and “neither thin nor stout.” Hazleton, a longtime Middle East reporter and an agnostic Jew, wanted to understand the man whose legacy continues to shape our world. Her biography is called “The First Muslim,” and she joins Doug to explain how a man from humble beginnings rose to be the voice and leader of his people. (Rebroadcast)

Lesley Hazleton blogs at The Accidental Theologist. Among her many books are The First Muslim, After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam and Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen. [Your purchase on Amazon or Indiebound supports RadioWest.]

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