The Messenger

The Messenger

By Kader Abdolah

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The Messenger is a retelling of the life of Muhammad. After Muhammad’s death, his right hand and chronicler Zayd wonders who the prophet really was. Through the testimonies of those who knew him best, he reconstructs the life of Muhammad, from his birth to his death.Muhammad is portrayed as a human being, a man with dreams, who develops from a prophet into a powerful leader.…
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Literary novel




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Original Title

De boodschapper

Year of publication



Daring, loving and beautiful. The Messenger and The Qur'an are an excellent key to a better understanding of the Islam.

About the author

Kader Abdolah

Kader Abdolah (Iran) is also the author of three other Dutch novels released in English translation: The House of the Mosque, My Father’s Notebook, and The King. Having arrived in the Netherlands in 1988 as a political refugee, his efforts to learn the language paid off. He started writing in Dutch and was the recipient in 1995 of an incentive grant for promising new authors. He went on to write many award-winning novels. The Messenger and The Qur’an (2008), originally published in Dutch as a two-book set, have been received in the Netherlands with high regard. Additionally, the author has been honoured with many distinctions including the Mundial Award for his achievements in the area of international cooperation, peace, and security, and the Order of Orange-Nassau to recognize his contributions to society and the world of literature. Abdolah’s writing talent has not gone unnoticed: his work has already been translated into thirty languages. Photo: © Merlijn Doomernik