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Washington Irving 
13th-Jan-2008 08:12 pm
is this a kissing book?
American author Washington Irving (b. 1783), who is best known for his stories such as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" also wrote "Life of Mahomet" the first sympathetic biography of the Prophet Muhammad to ever appear in the United States.

Further reading: http://www.thedailystar.net/forum/2007/may/washington.htm

Limited preview of "Life of Mahomet" on Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=T3_Lz30vggEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=life+of+mahomet,+irving&sig=exZZPw2uSyIAxzClLOrj9Wki6N4
14th-Jan-2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Mr Irving was indeed a delightful author and storyteller. He also wrote "Tales of the Alhambra" based on Moorish stories and legends he heard during a sojourn in Granada. The tale about the three infantas (princesses) in the tower is especially romantic and touching. He makes the beautiful old palace come alive.
15th-Jan-2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Indeed, I believe that's where his interest in Islam and the Islamic world originated. Please do feel free to contribute to the community, as most of my posts will have a bias - Islamic history - as that's my field of study.
1st-Feb-2008 09:09 pm (UTC) - The Alhambra
W. Irving's collection of notes and essays of his travels in Spain. It is a wonderful collection of tales and sketches of the Moors and Spaniards.
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