Many parallels can be drawn immediately between Muhammad, the founder of Islam and Joseph Smith Jr., the founder of the so-called Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or Mormonism. Most will be quick to point out the common factor of polygamy and perhaps the similar form by which they received their “revelation.”
In his work “Muhammad and Joseph Smith, Jr.: Spirit-Born Brothers” Paul Derengowski shows us extensively the similarities between the two men. In three parts Derengowski leads the reader through spiritual, revelational, and relational parallels. The book explains both men’s interactions with and influences by the occult, the messages and inspiration of the Koran and the Book of Mormon, and how they both interact with women, Jews, and mankind in general. There are also over a hundred pages of appendices about the spirit that inspired them, articles on apologetic responses to their claims of “Prophet”, and other things.
This book is certainly not light beach reading, but the chapters being roughly 10 pages each does a fantastic job of both conveying the point and keeping it direct enough to keep the reader interested. There is no fluff due to the nature of this dissertation, you will find no personal stories to help further points, it is entirely to-the-point which I appreciate.
The average layman may have trouble with this thorough work, but this fascinating and informative read is worth it if one is willing to put in the effort. I have both enjoyed and learned from this and would recommend it to anyone interested in either religion.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.