Nominating Karen Armstrong for Literature Nobel Prize

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Karen Armstrong FRSL (born 14 November 1944) is a British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion. A former Roman Catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical Christian faith. She attended St Anne’s College while in the convent and majored in English. She would become disillusioned and leave the convent in 1969. She first rose to prominence in 1993 with her book A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her work focuses on commonalities of the major religions, such as the importance of compassion and the Golden Rule.

Armstrong received the $100,000 TED Prize in February 2008. She used that occasion to call for the creation of a Charter for Compassion, which was unveiled the following year.

Karen Armstrong has been a prolific writer and almost all her works are for enlightening mankind and bringing them together. In my opinion, her Magnum opus is her biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet.

A chapter in the book titled, Muhammad the Enemy, can bring the Christians and the Muslims together by promoting insight into some of the limitations of the past. To share one quote from the book: “If we could view Muhammad as we do any other important historical figure we would surely consider him to be one of the greatest geniuses the world has known.” For a more detailed excerpt from her book, click here.

Nobel Prize in literature for Karen Armstrong will go a long way in bringing two billion Christians and a billion and a half Muslims together, in a neighborly relationship in our global village.

Another of her very popular books is Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths.

Amazon can be your guide, for the list of books that she has written and I really admire all the books that she has written about Islam, other religions and the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

Read further about Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong’s Amazon page

A Tribute to the Holy Prophet Muhammad

42 replies

  1. Our Interfaith organization has recently joined her foundation, so I agree that Karen should be nominated for the Nobel Prize.

  2. Karen Armstrong has done a tremendous job in creating an atmosphere of peace and understaning between great religions of the world. Her writings are sourse of knowledge for both Muslims and non Muslims. Her commentary on religion is always non judgmental and devoid of any biases. i definitely would reccomend her for Nobel Prize for literature and for promoting peace.

  3. Dear Dr. Zia Shah sahib:

    This is the best and most pleasing news I have had in recent days. Congratulations on wonderful recommendation.

    As I said to in my email. I met Haren in San Francisco oh book promotion during the hieght of Irag War/Crsis. One open ciritc of war, Karen spoke with coniction courage in favor of Islam like a true Muslim to the rosuing cheers of the San Franciscans who hate wars anyway.

    May Allah bless her for her stand with such wonderful work inclding her sought-after book on MUHAMMAD.


    • The humble thought comes up … how could Karen Armstrong study Islam so deeply, react so positively, and not take the step of becoming a Muslim? – Just wondering….

  4. She deserves it.Noble deeds are like fragrant flowers that can never be hidden and are very well appreciated by gentlemen people.
    My salutation for her.

  5. Mr. Zia you endorse the right person, she deserves this nomination. Her writings making bridges between religions.

  6. Mr. Zia, I hope this articles reaches a very vast audience so they may be witness to Ms. Armstrong’s strong moral character. We need more people like her in this world. She sheds light on true Islam.

  7. Dear friends

    Everyone who has endorsed this nomination, please share this URL with your friends and family, so we can have some additional endorsements here and greater momentum.

    Thanks again.

  8. Qualified Nominators

    The right to submit proposals for the Nobel Prize in Literature shall, by statute, be enjoyed by:
    1. Members of the Swedish Academy and of other academies, institutions and societies which are similar to it in construction and purpose;
    2. Professors of literature and of linguistics at universities and university colleges;
    3. Previous Nobel Laureates in Literature;
    4. Presidents of those societies of authors that are representative of the literary production in their respective countries.

  9. My vote is for Karen Armstrong towards the Nobel Prize in literature.

  10. Brother Rafiq, good point, one day she might. We should always be optimistic and hope for the best from Allah.
    If she had said this while being a Muslim she may not have been taken seriously by the majority of people.
    And now after this work of hers if she becomes one. Still her work as an outsider be considered rational.
    That’s my opinion.

    • Thanks, of course I agree that her work is outstanding and that she deserves the Nobel Price for Literature. (just wondering the other thing, not only about her but about all similar authors who studied Islam)

  11. keeping in view her life long literary contribution,i fully endorse her nomination for NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR LITERATURE.

  12. Peace to all of you:
    I want to comment here that you allow me, on the view of the beloved brother Mr. Rafik A.Tschannen and say that the work of Karen Armstrong is a good and reasonable in terms of integrity and objectivity, there are many others of course who have studied Islam deeply and impartially as it should, and if we compare what she did with what others Were unable to hide their bias and their hostility, we will reach a result Which is All the appreciation and Full respect to her and to all who are like her, but why not be guided to the faith message of Islam, this return is no doubt to the intention of the person and his or her desire for real knowledge of the truth and willingness then to accept the delivery, And Obedience.Thank You

  13. Greetings of peace!

    In her erudite writings, Dr. Armstrong has evidenced a keen insight into the spiritual loftiness of the Abrahamic faiths and the fundamental commonalities they possess. Readers are shorn of their presumptions and prejudices.

    In my humble capacity as a world citizen dedicated to peace-making, I support Dr. Armstrong’s being nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

    Peace to all!

  14. It would have been w wonderul idea to AMC to invite as guest speaker at the upcoming USA Jalsa where Haxoor Purnoor give our own AMC award as well. Hazoor did mention her name (among others) who have stood in favor of Islam at the UK Jalsa a few years ago.

  15. According to the prevailing situation in the world, our Globe needs Peace, interfaith harmony and mutual understanding between different faith and nations.
    The peace promoting writers can do this job very well to convert our Globe into a peace loving Global village.
    No doubt the books written by Karen Amsterdam are a serious effort to this noble cause. Being a Lady prominent writer and with so precious and demanding work She definitely deserves the Nobel Prize for Literature. It will be an incentive and a courage for all peace promoters.

  16. I support and recommend Dr Karen Armstrong for nobel prize.we need to talk about similarities rather than differences in this age.Her work answered many questions for the readers and students of religion studies.Her research tries to built up mutual understanding between two major religions.

  17. From comments to this suggestion we note that in fact Ms. Karen Armstrong should receive BOTH the Nobel Price for Literature AND the Nobel Peace Price. Yes, why not! She does deserve both!!!

  18. i fully endorse name of this learned lady, she has worked tirelessly to present true picture of Prophet Muhammad (saw) the Prince of Peace to the world. may she be rewarded by All Mighty Allah, also.

  19. Karen has done great work in building bridges between faiths and has shed an impartial light on our beloved Prophet (saw). She deserves the Nobel Prize!

  20. I would like to vote for Karen Armstrong for the Nobel Literature prize.Her efforts are admireable to shed light on true teachings of Islam and Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).We definately need people like her to convey the message of love and peace throughout the world.May Allah Almighty bless her for her efforts.Ameen

  21. I read Karen Armstrong’s book ‘The Life of Muhammed’ a few years ago and I also plan to read her latest book. She certainly deserves to be a strong contender for the Nobel Prize.

  22. Indeed, Karen Armstrong for the next Nobel Peace Prize. I really hope & pray she is nominated for this honourable prize.

  23. A Nobel for Karen Armstrong will bring the Christians and the Muslims closer in brotherhood

    Karen Armstrong is an inspiration, authentic thinker on the role of religion in this generation. Karen Armstrong was born on November 14, 1944 in Worcestershire, England. She is a British Author and also a commenter for her well known books on comparative religion. Karen Armstrong has written over 20 books on faith and on the dominant religions. She is former Roman Catholic religious sister also known as a former nun. Her work focuses on commonalities of the dominant religions, such as the concern of compassion and the Golden Rule. On February 2008, Karen Armstrong received the $100,000 TED Prize. She is very compassionate towards all her hard and dedicated work. Karen Armstrong is a true role model to the whole world and is a genuine blessing. Most of Karen Armstrong’s work is very creative and bringing all as one. Karen Armstrong has many ambitions but one of her objectives is to bring Muslims and Christians together as a whole. In her book “Muhammad the Enemy” it can bring Muslims and Christians together by advocating insight into some of limitations of the past. She states I the book ” If we could view Muhammad as we do any other important historical figure we would surely consider him to be one of the greatest geniuses the world has known.” Karen Armstrong is a strong courageous women and her message is very decisive and needs to be heard to the whole world in the same perspective. The Holy Prophet, peace be on him, was a life of glorious success. Karen Armstrong, the Noble Prize in literature will go a long way to bring all Muslims and Christians together to bring them closer in brotherhood. She will bring them together in a considerate relationship in our universal village. Bringing two dominant religions together can make a bring a big development into the world and can make the world a lot more amicable and a lot less complications into the world.

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