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Martin Lings (1909–2005)

Author of Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

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About the Author

Martin Lings was born in Lancashire in 1909. After a classical education he read English at Oxford where he was a pupil and later a close friend of C. S. Lewis. In 1935 he went to Lithuania where he lectured on Anglo-Saxon and Middle English and subsequently he went to Egypt and and lectured mainly show more on Shakespeare at Cairo University. In 1952 he returned to England and took a degree in Arabic and in 1955 he joined the staff of the British Museum where from 1970-73 he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts. For the following year he held the same post in the newly founded British Library. In addition to writing many books, as well as articles for Studies in Comparative Religion, Sophia, The New Encyclopaedia of Islam and the Encyclopaedia Britannica show less

Works by Martin Lings

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources (1983) — Author — 507 copies
What is Sufism? (1975) 134 copies
Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions (1980) — Author — 37 copies
Collected poems (1987) 4 copies
Hz. Muhammedin Hayati (2016) 2 copies
Simbolo & archetipo (2005) 1 copy
L'undicesima ora (1963) 1 copy
Martin Lings 1 copy

Associated Works

East and West (1924) — Translator, some editions — 66 copies
Sufis of Andalusia: The Ruh Al-Quds & Al-Durrat Al-Fakhirah (1971) — Foreword, some editions — 32 copies
Sufism: Love and Wisdom (2006) — Contributor — 25 copies
Turjumân al-Ashwâq (0013) — Preface, some editions — 7 copies
Islam: A Pictorial Essay in Four Parts [videorecording] (1982) — Contributor — 2 copies


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Romanticised, but very enjoyable read. Shows Muhammad as prophet earlier and life, and as political figure later in life, when Jibreel's revelations concerned Muhammad's household and politics more than really spiritual life.

I liked the book, it is not a dry recitation of facts and battles and dates, but tries to be more of a biography, to bring the historical figure to life in the reader's mind.
Orestesss | 5 other reviews | Jul 21, 2014 |
This book was quite valuable for my World Religions class project about Sufism. I cannot think my friend enough for lending me this book. It is not your average non-fiction book. This is a beautifully written book, that compiled rich information in an accessible manner. the writing style is SO BEAUTIFUL. I have consulted Titus Burckhardt's 'Introduction to Sufi Doctrine', and although his book is quite rich with information and methodical; yet the style isn't as 'magical' as Lings'.
I highly recommend this for anyone interested in the subject of Mysticism, and Sufism. This is an introductory decent dose of Sufism. I say 'introductory', but I don't mean 'simple and shallow'; no the book is quite deep.
Will definitely reread it later. At times, reading it felt like a prayer, just the right book for my taste :)
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pathogenik | 1 other review | Mar 2, 2014 |
wonderful book and a great introduction to the Prophet (pbuh). I find Islam a very interesting subject to read about and this book is one of the best I have read.
Rod489 | 5 other reviews | May 5, 2011 |
This book is great and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about Muhammad or the beginnings of Islam. It's very thorough, detailed, and concise. The best thing about it is that as a biography, even though is it in chronological order, it starts telling the tale of Muhammad from -before- his birth. This fact alone gives a lot of insight and helps establish the setting of the time period that he was born into. Martin Lings as well is very talented. His eloquent way of writing this biography made this book actually fun to read, whereas many people (like myself) find that biographies get very long, boring, and difficult to read.… (more)
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yumna.ali08 | 5 other reviews | Dec 2, 2008 |


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