Muhammad: His Life Based On The Earliest Sources
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Author: Martin Lings
About the Book: Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources Martin Lings biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, com-prehensive, and authoritative account of the life of the prophet. Based on the sira, the eighth- and ninth-century Arabic biographies that recount numerous events in the prophets life, it contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of men and women who heard Mu-hammad speak and witnessed the events of his life. Scrupulous and exhaustive in its fidelity to its sources, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is presented in a narrative style that is easily com-prehensible, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, reflecting both the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells. This revised edition includes new sections detailing the prophets expanding influence and his spreading of the message of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states. It represents the final updates made to the text before the authors death in 2005. The book has been published in 12 languages and has received numerous awards, including ac-knowledgment as best biography of the prophet in English at the National Seerate Conference in Islamabad. About the Author: Martin Lings Martin Lings (1909-2005) was a renowned British scholar with degrees in English and Arabic from London University and Oxford University. At Ox-ford, he studied English under C. S. Lewis, who later became a close friend. Lings taught at several European universities and the University of Cairo and served as the keeper of Oriental manuscripts for the British Museum and the British Library. His friendship and similar beliefs with philoso-phers Ren Gu non and Frithjof Schuon inspired Lings to convert to Islam. He went on to become an influential member of Western Muslim society, participating in several international Islamic councils and conferences, including acting as consultant to the World of Islam Festival Trust. He is the author of twelve books on religion and spirituality.