Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
By Martin Lings. Want to know more about the real Muhammad from the earliest writings? Here’s a revised edition of the internationally acclaimed biography of the prophet Muhammad by scholar Martin Lings.
Based on the siras, the 8th- and 9th-century Arabic biographies that recount numerous events in the prophet’s life. It contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of the men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life.
This is important, because, after Muhammad’s death, powerful agenda-driven Muslim leaders further militarized his message to make Islam even more aggressive. It’s the perfect book for those who want to know what the people closest in time to Muhammad were saying about him and the spread of Islam.
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 comprehensible, 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 prophet’s 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 author’s death in 2005.
The book has been published in 12 languages and has received numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the prophet in English at the Seerate Conference in Islamabad.
Lings was a renowned British scholar with degrees in English and Arabic from London University and Oxford University. At Oxford, 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.
Softcover, 384 pages