A few books are listed here for the benefit of the reader, may Allah grant us success in this life and in the next!
Muhammad, Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires; Juan Cole @jricole
This is a serious academic work by a professional historian (albeit one accessible to laypersons). Perhaps the best account of Islam in the time of the Prophet s.a.w. by a non-Muslim I have ever read.
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