Born in Morocco in 1926, Driss Chraibi embraced French education and culture early on and supported French colonial rule;but he soon became equally critical of the Occidental and the Islamic worlds, and his writing often focuses on the unresolved conflicts between the two. Chraibi practiced medicine for a few years, then turned to writing in 1952. He has published more than a dozen highly acclaimed novels.
[A] moving and lyrical account of the life of Islam's most sacred personage.... Chraibi give[s] the reader direct access to the most intimate stirrings of the soul of a sacred figure.... If Chraibi's Muhammed has a message for contemporary readers, it is that the sacred is present everywhere, if we could only hear the desert singing. - Lucy Stone McNeece, The Journal of African Studies ""When fiction touches upon the sacred, the novel shifts upon its foundations and sometimes recaptures the beauty of its origins. Driss Chraibi has given us the rare gift of such a book.... assuredly one of the most beautiful accounts ever written of... the Prophet Muhammad."" - Quatra, revue de l'institut du monde arabe