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Lesley Hazleton        

Author of "The First Muslim," a New Look at the Life of Muhammad

A psychologist by training and Middle East reporter by experience, British-born Lesley Hazleton has spent the last ten years exploring the vast and often terrifying arena in which politics and religion, past and present, intersect.

She's written about the history of the Sunni/Shi'a split, as well as books on two of the Bible's most compelling female figures: Mary and Jezebel.

Her latest book is "The First Muslim," a new look at the life of Muhammad, the founder of Islam. In researching her book, she sat and read the full Koran again -- exploring the beauty and subtlety in this often-misquoted holy book.

As she says: "I'm always asking questions -- not to find 'answers,' but to see where the questions lead. Dead ends sometimes? That's fine. New directions? Interesting. Great insights? Over-ambitious. A glimpse here and there? Perfect."

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The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad


Beautiful Sentences Can't Save Lesley Hazleton's Agnostic from Its Moral and Logical Flaws
Their slow and steady cadences comfort me, and they reflect the extremely balanced-seeming mind that creates them. Take this one, for instance: "Blessedly unencumbered by either the need to believe or the need to explain everything, the agnostic is free to experience awe without seeking to define it—to explore and interact with the world in ways that neither the rule-bound fundamentalist nor the dogmatic atheist ever dares dream of."
Religion and the position of having no position
Author Lesley Hazleton gives good attention to the religious position of having no position, if I can put it that way. In Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto, she argues in favor of agnosticism.

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