The Prophet and his Western admirers

Posted Dec 24, 2011 by Alexander Baron
The London-based Islamic newspaper 'The Muslim Post' has published an in-depth review of a new scholarly work by an academic about the Western admirers of Muhammad.
Book cover: About Muhammad; The Other Western Perspective on the Prophet of Islam
Book cover: About Muhammad; The Other Western Perspective on the Prophet of Islam
Legacy Publishing
The review is available on-line. This short work which was apparently published in August of last year in hardback retails for $12.99, although curiously its publisher, Legacy Publishing, is based in the UK.
Why should anyone pay $12.99 for a book about Islam when so much is available on-line? Kindle aside, it is far from convenient to carry around books in one's pocket, and as the Prophet - peace be upon him - is arguably the most influential named individual in history - it might also be suggested that his devotees and scholars owe him that courtesy.
Unlike Jesus, Muhammad was a real man of flesh and blood; there is independent and reliable evidence of his existence whether or not one accepts the revealed truth he gifted to the world.
While Islamophobia is not a new phenomenon, neither is the appeal of Islam to Westerners, see for example the August 22 interview with Sahib Mustaqim Bleher.
Muhammad Mojlum Khan covers both the fear of Islam and the reason that fear was perpetuated from the time of the Crusades and throughout much of Western history, the bottom line being that it was seen as a rival to Christianity (and undoubtedly to the Alliance of Throne and Altar).
Perhaps of more interest to most casual readers is Legacy Publishing itself; a new publishing house, it is not exclusively Islamic, and glancing down its short list, a couple of its titles have the potential for stirring controversy - and therefore good sales.