Kåre Bluitgen was born in 1959, just outside Copenhagen. He is a qualified teacher and journalist, but has been working as a writer since 1994. His works can be seen on his webside www.bluitgen.dk including a wide range of novels for both children, teenagers and grown-ups. In addition, there is non-fiction, plays, films etc. Kåre Bluitgen has also worked as a translator, lecturer, publisher, and instructor in Folk High Schools in Denmark. Kåre Bluitgen has written both historical novels and fantasy, but often the themes to his books have been based on political, religious and philosophical subject matter. He has travelled over much of the world in connection with his books and films, North Korea, Eritrea, South Africa, Mexico, Kurdistan, Kirgizstan, Burma, Haiti and Liberia, amongst others. He has received a number of the most distinguished prizes for Danish literature for his internationally orientated works, and his books have been translated into various languages.
Here are som extracts from reviews of his book The Koran and the life of the prophet Muhammad:
The book that started the Mohammad controversy is a beautiful piece of work. It is well-written and contains wonderful drawings by an unknown illustrator, who may rightfully be proud of his work. It is highly commendable that Bluitgen sets out to recount the story of Mohammad's life for a broad audience including non-Muslims.
Jakob Feldt, Ph.D, research fellow, Institute of History and Civilization, University of Southern Denmark
Bluitgen deserves praise for providing a complex and nuanced picture of Mohammad similar to the ones found in the original Muslim sources. On the terms defined by the author this book is certainly a success.
Thomas Hoffmann, Ph.D., specializing in the Koran, Carsten Niebuhr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Bluitgen's account of Mohammad's life is based on the earliest Muslim sources, and his compilation is certainly worth reading. It is a nice opportunity to acquire more knowledge about how the life of Mohammad is traditionally interpreted by Muslims.
Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Where to find Kåre Bluitgen online
Where to buy in print
The Koran and the life of the prophet Muhammad
by Kåre Bluitgen
Biography for the whole family based on the Koran and the first Islamic accounts of the prophet Muhammad’s life. It tells about the time before the prophet’s birth, his upbringing and prophetic calling. The migration from Mecca to Medina became a turning point. Muhammad founded his new religion there and the biography traces his life as the head of the family, statesman and military commander.
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