• NEW: In celebration of Milad al-Nabi, listen to a short extract entitled 'Celebrating the Prophet', from chapter seven of the audiobook.


    Prophets serve as intermediaries between the human and divine worlds, granting them a special status in history across diverse religions and cultures. For Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (570–632 CE) represents the culmination of the line of monotheistic prophets, including Abraham, Moses and Jesus. In his own lifetime, Muhammad overcame opposition and brought reforms, firmly establishing a thriving community of believers which would become a major world civilisation. Today, the Prophet’s life and actions continue to inspire Muslims worldwide.

    The Prophet Muhammad presents an illuminating portrait of Muhammad in his capacity as God’s messenger and an exemplary figure to Muslims. Revealing the challenges and triumphs of prophecy, Stephen Burge examines how prophets have inspired faith communities’ relationship with the Divine, and one another. In doing so, this engaging account elucidates the enduring influence of prophecy and the profound legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.

    Watch Dr Stephen Burge in conversation with Dr Shainool Jiwa about The Prophet Muhammad: Islam and the Divine Message



    1. Who is a Prophet?

    2. Writing the Life of Muhammad

    3. Prophetic Past, Prophetic Future

    4. Divine Commission

    5. Prophetic Mission

    6. The Resilient Prophet

    7. The Prophet's Legacy

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  • "Thoroughly interesting. A novel, vivid approach, both learned and imaginative, The Prophet Muhammad explores faith and feeling through literature, myth and psychology as well as traditional scholarship and Muslim challenges to tradition, with the bonus of illustrations that take us on a world tour of lived Islam. All readers will be enriched by Burge’s discussion of prophethood and surprised by its renewed relevance today."


    Julia Bray, Laudian Professor of Arabic, University of Oxford

  • Dr. Stephen R. Burge

    Stephen Burge joined The Institute of Ismaili Studies as a Research Associate in 2009, having completed his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. He has published a monograph on angels in Islam, as well as a number of articles on angels, exegesis and interpretation. He is also co-editing and translating a volume of the Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries Series on the Pillars of Islam, and editing a volume entitled The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Qur’anic Exegesis . His main research interests are the works of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, hadith studies, tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) and...Read more