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Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

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“This work is widely recognized as the most readable account of the life of the Prophet to date.”, Times of

"Lings provides a wealth of detail on the life of Muhammad, the time and place of many Koranic revelations, and the
foundation of Islam, all based exclusively on 8th- and 9th-century Arabic biographical sources and collections of the
sayings attributed to Muhammad. General readers will find a well-written, straightforward chronological narrative;
Muslim readers will appreciate the favorable treatment of Muhammad; while specialists will find a faithful and
convenient rendering of source material.", Joseph Gardner, California State Univ. Lib., Northridge Library Journal

“For those interested in Islam . . . it is mesmerizing.”, Parabola

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“This work is widely recognized as the most readable account of the life of the Prophet to date.”
--Times of London

“For those interested in Islam in one way or another, it is mesmerizing.”

Martin Lings’s biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, 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 Prophet’s life, it contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of men
and women who heard Muhammad 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 comprehensible, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, reflecting both
the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells. The book has been published in twelve languages and has received
numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the Prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference
in Islamabad. This revised edition, which represents the final updates made to the text before the author’s death in
2005, incorporates important additions about the Prophet’s expanding influence and his spreading of the message of Islam
into Syria and its neighboring states.

Martin Lings (1909-2005) 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. His friendship and similar beliefs with philosophers René Guénon 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.

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