Dr. Alvin Schmidt is one of the foremost living specialists on the world's religions. . . . No one is in a better position to identify the parallels between Islam and Mormonism—and their radical difference as compared with creedal Christianity. This book is ideal not only for those who wish to be informed in-depth . . . of these two increasingly influential belief systems but also for those—all too common today—who think erroneously that "Islam and historic Christianity are really saying the same thing" or that "Mormonism is just another Christian denomination."
—John Warwick Montgomery, PhD, DThéol, LLD
Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Patrick Henry College
Alvin Schmidt in The American Muhammad did what no other Christian historian has ever done by gathering seventy valuable parallels between Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and Muhammad, the founder of Islam. . . . What history overlooked, Schmidt provided the missing links, proving that the two flowed out of the same dark fountain.
Author of Why I Left the Jihad (2005), nationally known speaker
A must-read for everyone who wants to understand Joseph Smith and Muhammad. It is extremely well researched and yet very readable. Schmidt reveals the dark side of both men in a logical, compelling way that will enlighten and equip the reader.
—Ted Baehr, JD, LHD
Founder and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®:The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment
At a time when Christianity is under assault worldwide, this painstakingly researched and superbly written account of seventy parallels between the founders of two thriving socio-political faiths, Islam and Mormonism, should be compulsory reading for all, especially scholars and journalists.
—Uwe Siemon-Netto, PhD, DLitt
Director, Center for Lutheran Theology & Public Life
How can it be that these men [Joseph Smith and Muhammad], coming from humble beginnings and living in simpler times, could have such a profound influence that affects the lives of millions today? Dr. Alvin Schmidt brings together research into the early lives of these religious leaders to compare and contrast what drove these men. His conclusions arc very thought-provoking, and are sure to spark considerable discussion among scholars and laymen alike.
—Lane A. Thuet
Co-Author of What Every Mormon (and Non-Mormon) Should Know Born LDS and raised in Salt Lake City as a Mormon for 22 years