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My mother language is not English and I am asking myself if it is a good idea to try a review of "Jesus and Muhammad" in a not perfectly mastered language. Anyway,I'll try to summarize my impressions as follows: Peters is among the clearer,and probably the clearest, of my readings in religions history; - the "portrait" of the Historical Jesus is fascinating: I read two or three written work on the matter,but with a less efficient synthesis,in my modest view; -I was happy to learn many aspects of Muslim Religion that I still ignored; -prof.
Peters'work has the advantage of offering the reader the possibility of following the two "tracks" separately,reading first the intellectually preferred one and then the other one. But this approach has strong limits: I would suggest to read the entire work and then to reconsider the "preferred" chapters or sections. Forgive my crude English.
Jesus and Muhammad: Parallel Tracks, Parallel Lives
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Well presented, well researched. I have read the author's other book"The Children Of Abraham" and also found that book engrossing. Professor Peters has the ability to tackle the delicate subject of religion without offending believers. My college freshman daughter had to read this for a Theology class and she hated it. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I would typify myself as an eclectic liberal Christian who has explored practices in many faith traditions but this book I had to abandon as it made me grind my teeth at times. The structure of the book is fine and there are interesting points to learn in the parallels.
My issue is with the 'tone', which is not one of respect, or perhaps even of 'tolerance' at times.
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Perhaps the author intends to challenge, which can be an important literary device, but as I seek a deepening of my faith I did not feel I was growing by wading through this diatribe. It may suit some who seek and have time for that however. Peters examines and compares the historical profiles of Jesus and Muhammed to show us, from a historian's viewpoint, what we do and do not know about them.
I actually am not exactly sure why the author wrote the book because he does not really draw any conclusions. However, I'm ok with that, as will be revealed at the end of this review. What Peters does is directly compare pieces of Jesus' and Muhammad's lives and ministries. The reader learns what historical context Jesus was born into and then the context for Muhammad, the infancy narratives for Jesus and then Muhammad, the words of Jesus and then Muhammad, and so forth.
In each case, Peters considered sources, the historian's point of view, and the believer's point of view. The book jacket says that Peters finds surprising similarities between Jesus and Muhammad. I was disinterested in "surprising similarities" and more interested in learning facts. Specifically, I was interested in learning about Muhammad from an unbiased source, if such a thing exists. I already am familiar, with Jesus' life and identity from both a secular and Catholic point of view.
Part of the test for Peters, naturally, was to see how his presentation of Jesus matched my own expectations. Since I knew next to nothing about Muhammad, I couldn't judge the truth of what I was being told other than to judge the truth of what Peters said about Christ. If he proved trustworthy there, then I felt he'd be equally trustworthy on Muhammad's behalf.
I was impressed because the author was dispassionate in delineating history versus belief, while always being quite respectful of believers. This is not a quality we often see in historians speaking about religion. Usually they are rooting for one side or another. I commend Peters for doing such a clear job of research and writing. The painstakingly objective way he wrote about what Christians believe about Christ, led me to believe that I was being allowed as unbiased a look as I have ever been shown of Muhammad and how his followers have developed his words into the Quran and the Sira.
And that was precisely what I was after. Highly recommended for those who would like similar enlightenment. To compare the times and situations is not comparing Jesus and Muhammad.