Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources


By (author) Martin Lings

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  • Publisher: The Islamic Texts Society
  • Format: Paperback | 362 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 30mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0946621330
  • ISBN 13: 9780946621330
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: index
  • Sales rank: 90,266

Product description

Acclaimed worldwide as the definitive biography of the Prophet in the English language. Martin Lings' life of Muhammad is unlike any other. Based on Arabic sources of the eighth and ninth centuries, of which some important passages are translated here for the first time, it owes the freshness and directness of its approach to the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life. Martin Lings has an unusual gift for narrative. He has adopted a style which is at once extremely readable and reflects both the simplicity and grandeur of the story. The result is a book which will be read with equal enjoyment by those already familiar with Muhammad's life and those coming to it for the first time. This book was given an award by the government of Pakistan, and selected as the best biography of the Prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad in 1983. In 1990, after the book had attracted the attention of Azhar University, the author received a decoration from President Mubarak.

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Author information

Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts in the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of four works on Islamic mysticism, 'A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century', 'What is Sufism?', 'Sufi Poems' and 'The Book of Certainty', all published by the Islamic Texts Society.

Review quote

'This is easily the best biography of the Prophet in the English language.'Dr. Victor Danner (Indiana University); 'An enthralling story that combines impeccable scholarship with a rare sense of the sacred worthy of his subject.'The Spectator; '"Muhammad" is a true work of art, as enthralling as the best novels with the difference that this is not fiction but fact.'The Islamic Quarterly.

Table of contents

A Selection from the Table of Contents. Chapter 1: The House of God; Chapter 7: The Year of the Elephant; Chapter 14: The Rebuilding of the Kabah; Chapter 31: The Year of Sadness; Chapter 37: The Hijrah; Chapter 43: The Battle of Badr; Chapter 67: A Clear Victory; Chapter 72: The Lesser Pilgrimage and its Aftermath; Chapter 75: The Conquest of Mecca; Chapter 83: The Farewell Pilgrimage; Chapter 85: The Succession and Burial; Map of Arabia. Quraysh (Genealogy Tree).