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The Messenger: A Tale Retold ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Messenger: A Tale Retold ✓ Author Kader Abdolah – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The Messenger is a retelling of the life of Muhammad After Muhammad s death, his right hand and chronicler Zayd wonders who the prophet really was Through the testimonies of those who knew him best, h The Messenger A Tale PDF/EPUB À is a retelling of the life of Muhammad After Muhammad s death, his right hand and chronicler Zayd wonders who the prophet really was Through the testimonies of those who knew him best, he reconstructs the life of Muhammad, from his birth to his deathMuhammad is portrayed as a human being, a man with dreams, who develops from a prophet into a powerful leader.


10 thoughts on “The Messenger: A Tale Retold

  1. Lazaros Karavasilis Lazaros Karavasilis says:

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  2. Hermien Hermien says:

    Ik vind het schrijven van Kader Abdolah prachtig en het was interessant om over het leven van Mohammed te lezen Het verklaart veel over de Islam, maar het maakt me beslist geen fan Veel van de wetten die hij introduceert leken mij vooral eigenbelang.


  3. Tanja Berg Tanja Berg says:

    I bought this book to increase cultural understanding I had expected that this would render me somewhatpositive to one of the biggest religions in the world It did not It certainly did not improve my view on the Prophet However, given the climate these days, I dare not express my opinion.The book itself is written in a very simplistic, but fragmented way It is told by Zaid, who collects stories about the Prophet s life from various people The timeline is chronological for most part, I bought this book to increase cultural understanding I had expected that this would render me somewhatpositive to one of the biggest religions in the world It did not It certainly did not improve my view on the Prophet However, given the climate these days, I dare not express my opinion.The book itself is written in a very simplistic, but fragmented way It is told by Zaid, who collects stories about the Prophet s life from various people The timeline is chronological for most part, but this way of writing gives little cohesion is certainly not beneficial towards sympathy Certainly I learned a few things More importantly though, there isn t anything I unlearned No opinion that I feel I need revise.The first fifty pages were quite fascinating and the rest were absolutely interminable This is not a long book, but it was down right painful to read I am so glad it is over


  4. Wendel de Boer Wendel de Boer says:

    Quick read, a bit like a children s book Intriguing view on the origins of a religion Could be true, could be fiction, could be a bit of both


  5. T4ncr3d1 T4ncr3d1 says:

    A fronte di una scrittura esageratamente piana, paratattica, povera di parole, che incanta e un po assopisce come un antica cantilena, Il messaggero dell ateo e laicista Kader Abdolah, perseguitato da tutti i regimi avvicendatisi in quel dell Iran, risulta un romanzo godevole, denso di significato, dal senso stratificato, che d da pensare Nel bene e nel male, sia chiaro.Si potrebbe pensare, per cominciare, a un paragone esageratamente banale e ben poco equilibrato tra Saramago e Abdolah Ment A fronte di una scrittura esageratamente piana, paratattica, povera di parole, che incanta e un po assopisce come un antica cantilena, Il messaggero dell ateo e laicista Kader Abdolah, perseguitato da tutti i regimi avvicendatisi in quel dell Iran, risulta un romanzo godevole, denso di significato, dal senso stratificato, che d da pensare Nel bene e nel male, sia chiaro.Si potrebbe pensare, per cominciare, a un paragone esageratamente banale e ben poco equilibrato tra Saramago e Abdolah Mentre il primo risultato semplicemente indigesto per le sue posizioni nette nella storia politica del Portagollo, per il suo laicismo che non ha fatto prigionieri, scagliandosi contro l intera triade delle religioni monoteiste, ad Abdolah bastato parlare bene o male poco importa di Maometto, guadagnandosi cos un biglietto di sola andata fuori dal suo paese Se poi gli si affianca Rushdie, il gioco di specchi si fa pi ricco e stimolante Ma rimane una sensazione che mentre Saramago, Rushdie e altri del genere hanno schiacciato il pedale dell acceleratore sulla via della blasfemia pura, Kader Abdolah ha shakespeariamente suscitato molto ru per nulla tanto scalpore per un romanzetto a prima vista banale Ma davvero un raccontino alternativo sulla vita di Maometto e niente pi Domanda retorica dalla risposta scontata eppure spiegarla non tanto semplice Chi ha alzato la voce contro Kader Abdolah, a differenza di quanti sono caduti nel tranello di una blasfemia esibita provocariamente come nel caso di Saramago , ha ben inteso la finissima operazione intellettuale compiuta dallo scrittore iraniano il racconto di un Maometto umanamente contraddittorio si trasfigura nella metafora di un intero popolo, della sua storia passata, ma soprattutto del suo presente e del suo futuro L autore ricostruisce sapientemente il contesto storico che fa da sfondo all azione mitica di Maometto la frammentazione del popolo arabo, stritolato tra ebrei, bizantini e persiani, mai unito, disseminato tra clan e trib economicamente, politicamente e soprattutto religiosamente indipendenti Chi mastica un po di storia conosce bene l eterno tallone d achille dei popoli arabi, la loro incapacit ad amalgamarsi in un unit Un popolo che, in momenti fortunati nella storia della Terra, pure riuscito a espandersi oltre il consentito, spargendosi nel Mediterraneo E anche oggi, quando il mondo arabo pare pi forte che mai, la mancanza di un unico Stato dell Islam sintomo di dissidi interni millenari, a frattali, dall entit pi grande a quella pi piccola Cos cambiato in questi duemila anni La religione Cos accaduto Maometto Come illustra Abdolah, Maometto un giovane idealista e sognatore, che cerca e invoca una divinit a sostegno del suo sogno rivoluzionario unire gli arabi, distruggere le trib , abbattere gli idoli dei clan, saldare i popoli in un unico potere politico ed economico Di qui l intuizione della religione come unico collante e la necessit della sua invenzione Poi, il passaggio da Maometto il Messaggero a Maometto il Condottiero, che uccide, depreda e conquista, incollando i cuori con la religione e con il sangue degli oppositori.Ecco la colpa terribile di Abdolah aver riletto la storia di Maometto da un punto di vista socio economico e politico, come gli insegna la sua buona formazione marxista Forse proprio questo ad apparire intollerante pi del Maometto umano, del Maometto condottiero e del Maometto sciupafemmine, della sua sposa quattordicenne e dei suoi vizi A disturbare il regime dello Sci e poi di Khomeini l operazione volta a squarciare il velo della religione, smascherare la necessit della sua invenzione, come collante dei popoli e soprattutto braccio armato dei regimi


  6. Mirjam Penning Mirjam Penning says:

    Of course I am a bit biased, being sort of a fan of Kader Abdolah That s by the way his pen name.A name that s a lot easier to remember and write down than his real name I never can remember that one.I admire a person that came from a country with a language that is significant different than the structure of the Dutch language Yet, he chose to write books in Dutch He has received some negative critics because of it His writing was supposed to be too simple Hello Try it yourself then T Of course I am a bit biased, being sort of a fan of Kader Abdolah That s by the way his pen name.A name that s a lot easier to remember and write down than his real name I never can remember that one.I admire a person that came from a country with a language that is significant different than the structure of the Dutch language Yet, he chose to write books in Dutch He has received some negative critics because of it His writing was supposed to be too simple Hello Try it yourself then Try write a book in Persian as a Dutch person, then we talk again.About the bookThe prophet Mohammad The messenger, as the title already mentions.Mohammad starts out in life as being abducted and becoming a throw away kid slave.Later he gets adopted and lives a normal life again, back in Mekka where he was also born He s different from other kids his age He stands out When he s a young man, he marries Khadijah who s significantly older than him He stays with her until she dies, shortly after their three year ban from Mekka In the book her name is slightly different As well as the name of the young wife he later marries Aisha In the book she s called Ajeshe.The Mohammad after Khadijah dies seems to be a different man than before.And after he asserts he is th messenger of Allah and arrives in another city to live than Mekka, he changes into a hard leader Like he s the man, the boss, the king, someone who decides for everyone.I do think Kader somewhat might have made his own version of the life of Mohammad, because on Mohammad on Wikipedia the story is different on several points I don t know which version is really the most likely one, but they are at least very similar The life of Mohammad is told by Zee d He calls himself the Chronicler of Mohammad.I m not sure if that is a made up character, it could be.My opinionI liked the way it was written Even some humour was added It definitely made me smile.The changed Mohammad I didn t like For example the force he used to get people to follow his beliefs and how he dealt with unwillingness To me, he wasa strange man with his so called visions and messages he supposedly got from Allah In my opinion he just thought those out himself, used it to suit his own needs and personal interest under the guise of having talked to Allah, who ordered this He played it smart because in the end a lot of people, out of free will or by force, bought that It s not just an ennumaration of Mo s life It s definitely written in an appealing story style.Kader, you won t read this I assume, but still I want to say, I don t regret buying your book


  7. Leen Leen says:

    Ik las van hem al Het huis van de moskee Ik vind hem eerlijk gezegd niet per se een goed schrijver daarvoor vind ik zijn vertelstijl eerder wat te stijf en te oppervlakkig Zo leer je de verteller van dit verhaal, Zee d de kroniekschrijver en adoptiefzoon van Mohammad, helemaal niet kennen hij doet gewoon zijn job en vertelt over het leven van zijn grote idool aan de hand van getuigenissen van vrienden, kennissen, collega s, familie.Het verhaal zelf trok me aan omdat het terugkeert naar de ba Ik las van hem al Het huis van de moskee Ik vind hem eerlijk gezegd niet per se een goed schrijver daarvoor vind ik zijn vertelstijl eerder wat te stijf en te oppervlakkig Zo leer je de verteller van dit verhaal, Zee d de kroniekschrijver en adoptiefzoon van Mohammad, helemaal niet kennen hij doet gewoon zijn job en vertelt over het leven van zijn grote idool aan de hand van getuigenissen van vrienden, kennissen, collega s, familie.Het verhaal zelf trok me aan omdat het terugkeert naar de basis van de Koran, hoe die ontstaan is, over het leven van de profeet Mohammad Een onderwerp waar ik als schoolgaand kind bij de nonnekes natuurlijk niks van afweet, dus heel interessant om daar iets over bij te leren Natuurlijk is het grotendeels fictie en moet je een korrel zout bij de hand houden, maar dat is bij alle historische romans zo.Voor de islam zijn intrede deed, aanbaden de inwoners van Mekka allerlei afgoden en waren vrouwen niet meer dan voorwerpen die op de sociale ladder nog lager stonden dan slaven en slavinnen omdat die tenminste nog hun nut hadden, maar Mohammad is erin geslaagd om zijn volk al dan niet met geweld te bekeren tot n god en de vrouw een hogere status te geven.Hoewel mannen in zijn tijd nog verschillende echtgenotes plus een resem concubines mochten houden, terwijl de vrouw haar juwelen niet meer aan mannen mocht tonen, zo had Allah aan Mohammad geopenbaard toen Mohammads jongste echtgenote er een minnaar op na bleek te houden, dus vandaar de burka s en sluiers Van die hallucinaties van Mohammad kwamen mijn haren trouwens recht overeind hij geloofde echt dat er iemand tot hem sprak en hem instructies gaf In onze huidige Westerse maatschappij zou zo iemand genadeloos worden bestempeld als een complete zot en zou hij met dwangbuis en al in een isoleerkot worden gestoken, licht uit en gedaan ermee Het ergste is nog dat al zijn volgelingen hem geloofden Enfin Het waren natuurlijk andere tijden, waarin de nood naar verandering erg hoog was.Al bij al een interessant boek


  8. Louisa Louisa says:

    At times when a cloud of suspicion stubbornly appears to be hanging over Muslims and the prophet Mohammad is reduced to a caricature, it comes as a breath of fresh air when an author steps up to write about all that is beautiful and valuable in Islam tradition That Kader Abdolah a self declared atheist and Marxist who lives as an exile in the Netherlands felt compelled to do this may seem ironic, but I think it makes this story about the life of Mohammad and the contents of the Quran all th At times when a cloud of suspicion stubbornly appears to be hanging over Muslims and the prophet Mohammad is reduced to a caricature, it comes as a breath of fresh air when an author steps up to write about all that is beautiful and valuable in Islam tradition That Kader Abdolah a self declared atheist and Marxist who lives as an exile in the Netherlands felt compelled to do this may seem ironic, but I think it makes this story about the life of Mohammad and the contents of the Quran all theconvincing Abdolah gives voice to Mohammad s friends and followers as well as to those who doubted his revelations and did not agree with him They all get a chapter the merchants who knew Mohammad as a boy his first wife Gadidje, a rich business woman a goat herder who helped him when Mohammad was lying sick in the mountain cave where he often retreated, and where he reported to have experienced his first visions a run away slave who was among his first followers his favourite wife Ajeshe whom he married at the young age of nine after Gadidje had died and an old rabbi who accused him of stealing entire passages from the Torah Mohammad was a lier, says Ashaa the old poet, and he believed his own lies He just invented it all But they sounded good, his surahs.It s true a lot of what s in these surahs does sound beautiful Say some of these phrases aloud a few times, and you ll see how they stick La ilaha ella Allah. There is no God but Allah Lam jalad en lam julad. He was not born nor does He give birth.Mohammad could hardly read or write, but he did have an ear for poetry The Quran, as it was written down by his followers, is an eloquent, articulate book, an impressive work of art And it took Abdolah s book for me to realise this


  9. Yann Thysebaert Yann Thysebaert says:

    I liked the book very much, rather because of it s writing style than its content I would even say the content doesn t matter that much, it s open for discussion The story doesn t read as a fact history of the prophet muhammad I even don t know if that s possible, with or without all religious and non religious aknowledgement we have today about his life.the writing style shines out and reads quickly due to it s romantic summing up in her dialogues Every chapter comes over as an ancient int I liked the book very much, rather because of it s writing style than its content I would even say the content doesn t matter that much, it s open for discussion The story doesn t read as a fact history of the prophet muhammad I even don t know if that s possible, with or without all religious and non religious aknowledgement we have today about his life.the writing style shines out and reads quickly due to it s romantic summing up in her dialogues Every chapter comes over as an ancient interview, with Ze d asking questions to friends, enemies, women, men, warriors and craftsmen fictional and non fictional people who would have known Muhammad personnally and tell about their own experiences with him at the time he still lived Sometimes in a positive way, other times in a negative way So even if the story isn t based on historical facts, it reads with a lot of nuances In that way it s logical the book seems a bit tricky, but you may not expect or believe it s a historical correct biography It s clear enough that such a thing wasn t the intention of Kader Abdollah.Anyway you won t regret this book, even if you don t like the idea behind, it doesn t take much time to read out, the letters are big and the dialogues easy to follow Beside it gives a good instep and romantic overview for islam dummies on some happenings important for the islam and the life of the young Muhammad Enjoy


  10. Maarten Kuiper Maarten Kuiper says:

    This book is about the prophet Mohammad and the beginning of Islam It is not, however, a religious book and should not be treated as such The book opens with the lines While based on historic events, this book is a work of fiction and should be read as such The story actually does not follow Mohammad as the main character Instead, the reader follows the thoughts and words of a man called Zee d whom, throughout the years, goes from slave child to adopted son of Mohammad and on to becoming This book is about the prophet Mohammad and the beginning of Islam It is not, however, a religious book and should not be treated as such The book opens with the lines While based on historic events, this book is a work of fiction and should be read as such The story actually does not follow Mohammad as the main character Instead, the reader follows the thoughts and words of a man called Zee d whom, throughout the years, goes from slave child to adopted son of Mohammad and on to becoming the personal chronicler of the prophet and later, the merger of the Quran he bundles all the texts Mohammad receives from Allah After merging the Qoran, Zee d sets out to find old friends and aquaintances of Mohammad and asks them to tell his life story and record them into history Although this novel never becomes as poetic as House of the Mosque by the same writer , it is still a good read Also, it provides some acurate details about the prophet, his place in history and the history of the city Mekka and it s culture before Mohammad and his Islam I heartly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a good story, wants to learn a bitabout the forming of Islam or just wants to learn some facts for example, about the black stone in the middle of Mekka As said before it is a work of fiction based on historical events Please treat it as such


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