The importance of understanding in a shrinking world as well as the fascination with exotic forms of religion will provide an audience for this biography of the founder of Islam. The main section of the text is given over to a description of the long life of Mohammed. The Koran, its history and principle passages is briefly discussed. Two chapters examine the specific Moslem beliefs and methods of worship and a last chapter describes the appeal of Islam for backward societies, where it continues to grow. The fact that Mohammed had defects of character that continue to be repugnant to Western civilization (e.g., he was prodigiously polygamous and vengeful in war) is explained in the context of Near Eastern society and mores.