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FEATURING JUAN COLE – Islam is the youngest of the world’s major religions – and sadly the most misunderstood especially in the West. A whopping 1.5 billion humans identify as Muslim. Yet there are political forces that have interpreted an extremist version of the religion and there are racist forces that have deemed them representative of all Muslims.

Now, a new biography of the Prophet Muhammad attempts to correct the record on a holy figure that has been maligned by Islamophobes for years.

Find more about Juan Cole’s book at www.juancole.com.

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written several books including ‘The New Arabs: How the Wired and Global Youth of the Middle East Is Transforming It,’ and ‘Engaging the Muslim World.’ He has a column at Truthdig.com and his blog, Informed Comment, can be found at juancole.com. His latest book is called Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires.

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