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Muhammad : His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

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Acclaimed worldwide as the definitive biography of the Prophet Muhammad in the English language, Martin Lings' "Muhammad: His Life Based to the Earliest Sources" 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, "Muhammad: His Life Based to the Earliest Sources" 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' gift for narrative, and his adoption of a style which is extremely readable, allows both the simplicity and grandeur of the story to shine through. 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. "Muhammad: His Life Based to the Earliest Sources" was selected as the best biography of the Prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad in 1983.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 28mm | 579.99g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • index
  • 0946621330
  • 9780946621330
  • 134,974

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The House of God---Chapter 2: A Great Loss---Chapter 3: Quraysh of the Hollow---Chapter 4: The Recovery of a Loss---Chapter 5: The Vow to Sacrifice a Son---Chapter 6: The Need for a Prophet---Chapter 7: The Year of the Elephant---Chapter 8: The Desert---Chapter 9: Two Bereavements---Chapter 10: Bahira the Monk---Chapter 11: A Pact of Chivalry---Chapter 12: Questions of Marriage---Chapter 13: The Household---Chapter 14: The Rebuilding of the Kabah---Chapter 15: The First Revelations---Chapter 16: Worship---Chapter 17: "Warn Thy Family"---Chapter 18: Quraysh Take Action---Chapter 19: Aws and Khazraj---Chapter 20: Abu Jahl and Hamzah---Chapter 21: Quraysh Make Offers and Demands---Chapter 22: Leaders of Quraysh---Chapter 23: Wonderment and Hope---Chapter 24: Family Divisions---Chapter 25: The Hour---Chapter 26: Three Questions---Chapter 27: Abyssinia---Chapter 28: Umar---Chapter 29: The Ban and its Annulment---Chapter 30: Paradise and Eternity---Chapter 31: The Year of Sadness---Chapter 32: "The Light of Thy Countenance"---Chapter 33: After the Year of Sadness---Chapter 34: Yathrib Responsive---Chapter 35: Many Emigrations---Chapter 36: A Conspiracy---Chapter 37: The Hijrah---Chapter 38: The Entry into Medina---Chapter 39: Harmony and Discord---Chapter 40: The New Household---Chapter 41: The Threshold of War---Chapter 42: The March to Badr---Chapter 43: The Battle of Badr---Chapter 44: The Return of the Vanquished---Chapter 45: The Captives---Chapter 46: Bani Qaynuqa---Chapter 47: Deaths and Marriages---Chapter 48: The People of the Bench---Chapter 49: Desultory Warfare---Chapter 50: Preparations for Battle---Chapter 51: The March to Uhud---Chapter 52: The Battle of Uhud---Chapter 53: Revenge---Chapter 54: The Burial of the Martyrs---Chapter 55: After Uhud---Chapter 56: Victims of Revenge---Chapter 57: Bani Nadir---Chapter 58: Peace and War---Chapter 59: The Trench---Chapter 60: The Siege---Chapter 61: Bani Qurayzah---Chapter 62: After the Siege---Chapter 63: The Hypocrites---Chapter 64: The Necklace---Chapter 65: The Lie---Chapter 66: The Dilemma of Quraysh---Chapter 67: "A Clear Victory"---Chapter 68: After Hudaybiyah---Chapter 69: Khaybar---Chapter 70: "Whom Lovest Thou Most?"---Chapter 71: After Khaybar---Chapter 72: The Lesser Pilgrimage and its Aftermath---Chapter 73: Syria---Chapter 74: A Breach of the Armistice---Chapter 75: The Conquest of Mecca---Chapter 76: The Battle of Hunayn and the Siege of Taif---Chapter 77: Reconciliations---Chapter 78: After the Victory---Chapter 79: Tabuk---Chapter 80: After Tabuk---Chapter 81: The Degrees---Chapter 82: The Future---Chapter 83: The Farewell Pilgrimage---Chapter 84: The Choice---Chapter 85: The Succession and the Burial---Map of Arabia (by Steven W. Johnson)---Quraysh of the Hollow (genealogical tree)---Note on Pronunciation of Arabic Names---Key to References---Index
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"Despite the vastness of the subject, this biography makes an easy and absorbing reading for anyone interested in religion as such. For those interested in Islam one way or another it is mesmerising."---S. H. Nasr, George Washington University.---"An enthralling story that combines impeccable scholarship with a rare sense of the sacred worthy of his subject."---The Spectator.---"Before the appearance of this book, Western languages lacked almost entirely a comprehensive and authentic account of the life of the Prophet Muhammad... Lings has produced a superb narrative that in its sobriety and dignity of style, and its scrupulous and exhaustive fidelity to authentic and reliable sources, constitutes a major addition to Islamic literature in English. Highly recommended."---Hamid Alhar, Religious Studies Review.---"This is easily the best biography of the Prophet in the English language."---Dr. Victor Danner, Indiana University.---"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.
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About Martin Lings

Dr Martin Lings (d. 2005), formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript at the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of "A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century", "What is Sufism?", "The Book of Certainty", "Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology", and "The Holy Qur'an: Translations of Selected Verses", all published by the Islamic Texts Society.
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